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Maze Maintains Giant-Slalom Dominance; Ligety Wins Men’s Race

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Slovenia’s Tina Maze continued her perfect record in World Cup giant slalom ski races this season by winning a fourth straight race in the discipline. Ted Ligety of the U.S. took a men’s giant slalom.

Maze was 0.22 second faster than Austria’s Kathrin Zettel over two runs, with France’s Tessa Worley taking third spot in Courchevel, France. Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. failed to finish her first run.

The 29-year-old Maze has a maximum 400 points in the giant slalom competition, 120 more than Zettel. Worley has 160 points. Maze also tops the overall competition on 799 points, with Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch her closest challenger on 468 points.

In Alta Badia, Italy, Ligety closed to within 106 points of overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway after dominating today’s race.

The 28-year-old American, who has won three of this season’s four giant slaloms, was more than two seconds faster than Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. Thomas Fanara of France was third.

Ligety tops the giant slalom competition with 360 points, a lead of 40 over Hirscher.

To contact the reporter on this story: James Cone in London at jcone@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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