Tina Maze Sets World Cup Skiing Points Record With Downhill WinBob Bensch
Slovenia’s Tina Maze set a World Cup skiing record for points in a season by winning today’s women’s downhill in Germany.
The victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen gives Maze 2,024 points, breaking the mark of 2,000 points by Austrian Hermann Maier in 2000. The 29-year-old, who has already clinched the overall World Cup championship, also topped the women’s season record of 1,980 points set by American Lindsey Vonn last year.
Maze now trails Vonn, who is sidelined with a knee injury, by one point in the downhill standings heading into the final race of the season March 13 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. It was her ninth win of the World Cup campaign and her first in the downhill.
Maze’s time of 1 minute, 40.46 seconds was 0.39 seconds better than American Laurenne Ross. Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch was 0.11 seconds further back in third.
France’s Adrien Theaux won today’s men’s downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, for his first victory of the season and second of his career.
Theaux, 28, finished in a time of 1:29.10, 0.19 seconds faster than world champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and 0.50 seconds ahead of Austrian Klaus Kroell. Theaux’s previous World Cup victory came in a downhill in Lenzerheide in 2011.
Svindal increased his lead in the downhill standings to 58 points over Kroell. He also moved within 129 points of Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who didn’t race today, for the overall title.
The women will run a Super-G race tomorrow in Garmisch, while the men race the same event in Kvitfjell.