World Cup Maze skis to a stop in Swiss Country

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World Cup Maze skis to a stop in Swiss Country

Not even Ted Ligety’s (at right) banner season for the United States can conceal the success of Marcel Hirscer (bottom left). The Austrian is close to locking up the overall World Cup crystal globe at this weekend’s season-ending World Cup finals.
Slovenia’s Tina Maze has celebrated one of the greatest seasons in World Cup history, and it could get even better this weekend in the season-ending competition in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She’s trying to become the first skier to sweep all of the discipline titles since Jean-Claude Killy in 1967.
Reichelt and Hoefl-Riesch fastest in practice

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Hannes Reichelt of Austria and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany were fastest in downhill training runs Tuesday at the season-ending World Cup finals.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was sixth, trailing Reichelt’s time of 1 minute, 30.74 seconds by 1.42. Svindal will defend his downhill lead in Wednesday’s race and seeks to close the gap on overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

Tina Maze of Slovenia was fourth fastest, 0.31 behind Riesch’s 1:34.20. Maze looks to sweep the season’s crystal globe trophies.

Maze will overtake downhill leader Lindsey Vonn, the five-time defending champion whose season was ended by injury, by finishing in the top 15 on Wednesday.

Hoefl-Riesch and Stacey Cook of the United States, who was 15th fastest Tuesday, also can win the downhill title.

World Cup

Men’s Overall Standings

(after 32 of 36 races)

1. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 1,375 points.

2. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1,226.

3. Ted Ligety, United States, 922.

4. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 848.

5. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 840.

Women’s Overall Standings

(after 32 of 38 races)

1. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2,254.

2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 1,065.

3. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 984.

4. Julia Mancuso, United States, 835.

5. Lindsey Vonn, United States, 740.

Also:

8. Mikaela Shiffrin, United States, 698.

Associated Press

World Cup Maze skis to a stop in Swiss Country

Not even Ted Ligety’s (at right) banner season for the United States can conceal the success of Marcel Hirscer (bottom left). The Austrian is close to locking up the overall World Cup crystal globe at this weekend’s season-ending World Cup finals.
Slovenia’s Tina Maze has celebrated one of the greatest seasons in World Cup history, and it could get even better this weekend in the season-ending competition in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She’s trying to become the first skier to sweep all of the discipline titles since Jean-Claude Killy in 1967.
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