Roundup: Tina Maze caps record season with win

Tina Maze (above) rebounded from Saturday’s loss to American Mikaela Shiffrin with a victorious finish to her dominating slalom season.
Tina Maze (above) rebounded from Saturday’s loss to American Mikaela Shiffrin with a victorious finish to her dominating slalom season.

Tina Maze got the anger out of her system Sunday, one day after her heartbreaking World Cup slalom title defeat to American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin.

Maze won the season-ending giant slalom race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to complete the most statistically dominating year since the World Cup started in 1967.

Still, losing the World Cup slalom title to Shiffrin’s second-run performance Saturday burned for a skier who says she is ‘‘addicted’’ to her sport.


‘‘That’s why I could put out some anger today,’’ Maze, smiling 24 hours after sobbing in the finish area, said.

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Maze performed her trademark celebration cartwheel in the finish area after first-run leader Tessa Worley fell 0.35 seconds behind her winning two-run time of 2 minutes, 16.67 seconds. Lara Gut was third, 1.38 back.

The Slovenian racer’s 11th World Cup victory this season extended her record overall points total to 2,414.

On a tricky surface for the GS race, Julia Mancuso of the United States was eighth, 2.47 behind Maze, and Shiffrin placed 11th, trailing by 3.58.

Mancuso was the top American in the overall standings, in fourth place with 867 points. Shiffrin was fifth, 45 points behind her teammate.


Lindsey Vonn, the four-time overall champion from 2008-10 and in 2012, ended eighth despite taking a midseason break and not racing after Feb. 5, when she ruptured right knee ligaments crashing in the world championships super-G race won by Maze.

In the men’s competition, Felix Neureuther edged overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher to win the season-ending slalom race.

Ted Ligety of the US placed third in the season-long standings with a career-best total of 1,022.

Ski jumping — American Sarah Hendrickson edged Sara Takanashi to win the season’s last women’s World Cup meet in Oslo.

The 18-year-old Hendrickson led by 1.9 points after the first round and won the second by 0.1 points.


The 16-year-old Takanashi had already clinched the World Cup title.

Overall men’s winner Gregor Schlierenzauer earned his ninth win of the season after tying Piotr Zyla.

Nordic skiing — Therese Johaug won a 30-kilometer mass start freestyle World Cup race before a home crowd in Oslo. She dominated in 1 hour, 21 minutes, and 17.7 seconds.

 World Cup champion Justyna Kowalczyk, who had already clinched the title, was runner-up.

 Elizabeth Stephen of the US was ninth.

Snowboarding — Canadians swept the men’s (Christopher Robanske and Robert Fagan) and women’s (Maelle Ricker and Dominique Maltais) team events at a World Cup meet in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

Americans teams Nick Baumgartner and Bate Holland finished second and Jonathan Cheever and Seth Wescott were third.

Biathalon — In Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, two-time World Cup winner Martin Fourcade won the men’s 15-kilometer mass start race to claim the discipline title, while Gabriela Soukalova won the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start to notch a hat trick of wins at the season-ending World Cup event.

Ski cross — Alex Fiva won the overall World Cup title, with some help from world champion Jean Frederic Chapuis, who held off Armin Niederer to win in Are, Sweden. In the women’s race, World Cup leader and world champion Fanny Smith won all three of her starts after failing to qualify for the finals the previous day.