Austria’s Hirscher, Slovenia’s Maze Win Giant Slalom Ski Races

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won a men’s World Cup giant slalom in Val d’Isere, France, today for his first victory of the season. Slovenia’s Tina Maze claimed the women’s race in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Hirscher, 23, who won the overall and giant slalom titles last season, clocked a combined time of 1 minute, 54.10 seconds today. Germany’s Stefan Luitz was second, 1.16 seconds back, with Ted Ligety of the U.S. in third.

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal leads the overall World Cup standings on 440 points and Ligety has 402, with Hirscher on 380. Ligety tops the giant slalom discipline with 260 points, while Hirscher has 240.

The 29-year-old Maze extended her lead atop the overall women’s standings following a fourth victory this season. The Slovenian had a win in a super combined race two days ago and was second in yesterday’s super-G behind Lindsey Vonn of the U.S.

Maze finished 0.08 second ahead of Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg today, with France’s Tessa Worley in third.

Maze leads the overall standings with 677 points, 234 more than Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, with Vonn another 29 points back. Maze has 300 points in the giant slalom competition, 100 more than second-place Kathrin Zettel of Austria.

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