Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Tina Maze took her first world gold medal by winning the giant slalom at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, today.
The Slovenian was the fastest over two runs, with a total time of 2 minutes, 20.54 seconds. Skiing in her first world championships, Italy’s Federica Brignone took the silver medal, 0.09 seconds back. Tessa Worley of France, the giant slalom World Cup leader, finished third at 0.48 seconds behind.
The giant slalom is similar to the slalom, but with fewer gates and wider turns.
Maze, 27, took the gold having led the race after the first run, which was postponed by two hours because of fog on the Kandahar piste. The world championships, which end Feb. 20, have been hampered by adverse weather conditions since the start.
Elisabeth Goergl of Austria finished in tenth place. Goergl last week beat pre-race favorites Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. and Germany’s Maria Riesch in the speed events, taking gold in both the super-G and the downhill.
Host nation Germany had a disappointing day, with Olympic giant slalom champion Viktoria Rebensburg finishing in fifth place. Rebensburg’s teammate Kathrin Hoelzl, the defending giant slalom world champion, pulled out of the second run because of a back injury while Riesch fell in the second leg. Riesch, a double Olympic champion who grew up in Garmisch, had been struggling with the flu last week.
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