A slow and steady progression has carriedTina Maze of Slovenia to the top of the Alpine skiing world headed into the Sochi Olympics. Since winning her first major medal at the 2009 World Championships, a silver in the giant slalom, Maze has continued to find success at major events, winning silver medals in the slalom and giant slalom at the Vancouver Olympics, and giant slalom gold and super-combined silver at the 2011 Worlds. Last season, Maze posted 11 World Cup victories en route to winning her first overall globe with 2,414 points, eclipsing the previous record of 2000 points set in 2000 by Austrian great Herman Maier. She also won three medals at the World Championships, gold in super-G and silvers in giant slalom and super-combined.
- 2013: World Championships – Gold (super-G), Silver (giant slalom, super-combined)
- 2013: World Cup Standings – 1st (overall, super-G, giant slalom, super-combined)
- 2011: World Championships – Gold (giant slalom), Silver (super-combined)
- 2010: Olympics – Silver (super-G, giant slalom)
- 2009: World Championships – Silver (giant slalom)
Things to know:
1. Maze was Slovenia’s flagbearer at the Vancouver Olympics. She attracted a lot of attention at those Games for the unique design of her racing helmet, which was all white with two eyes painted on the front, just about her own eyes
2. Growing up, Maze often raced against – and lost to – Croatia’s future superstar Janica Kostelic, a four-time Olympic gold medalist. To provide his daughter with added incentive, Maze’s father Fedo vowed to quit smoking if she beat Kostelic. When Maze finally did, her father remained true to his word and has not lit up a cigarette since.
3. In October 2012, Maze released a pop single and music video, entitled “My Way is My Decision,” which quickly became popular in Slovenia and has nearly a million views on YouTube. Maze has always had musical inclinations and often plays the piano while on the road competing.