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Slovenian Tina Maze wins giant slalom gold

Feb. 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Tina Maze of Slovenia took the gold medal in Thursday's women's giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Germany.

Maze turned in a winning combined-run time at Garmisch of 2 minutes, 20:54 seconds, 9/100ths of a second ahead of Italy's Federica Brignone.

Tessa Worley of France had the fastest time in the second run and finished third at 2:21.02.

Julia Mancuso was the top American finisher in 16th place. "In a GS, there are 50-60 gates and when you're on, you're on," said Mancuso. "If you're off, you add up those hundredths from all those gates and you've lost a second."

Maze was on from the beginning. She was first out of the starting gate in the first run and finished with a 1:07.05 and a comfortable lead over Brignone heading into the second race.

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