Tina Maze

Tina Maze ( born May 2, 1983 in Slovenj Gradec, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian alpine skier. An all rounder, drives in all disciplines, but is particularly successful in the giant slalom. Their biggest successes are the victory in the overall World Cup rankings 2012/13, the downhill and giant slalom gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 and two world championship titles (2011 and 2013 in the giant slalom Super-G ). In addition, the victories coming in three World Cup standings of the 2012/13 season and six silver medals ( four at world championships and two Olympic Games ). Maze belongs to the small circle of those runners who have won World Cup races in all five disciplines.

  • 2.1 The Olympic Games
  • 2.2 World Championships
  • 2.3 Junior World Championships
  • 2.4 World Cup ratings
  • 2.5 World Cup wins
  • 2.6 European Cup
  • 2.7 Other Awards and achievements


Junior time and first year in the World Cup

Maze grew up in Črna on na Koroškem, where she learned to ski at the age of three years. In her youth, she also coached volleyball, high school she graduated in Ravne na Koroškem. First international achievements came at the Whistler Cup. 1996 and 1998, she won all the competitions in her age group. In November 1998, she first participated in FIS races and celebrated already in her fourth race in Val Thorens their first win. Her debut in the World Cup they had on January 2, 1999 at the giant slalom in Maribor. In December 1999 and January 2000 she won per one European Cup giant slalom, which earned her second place in the discipline standings.

With 24th place in the giant slalom in Soelden Maze brought on 28 October 2000 their first World Cup points. The best result in the 2000 /01 season was a tenth place in Maribor. In the same place Maze reached on 4 January 2002 as Second the giant slalom podium for the first time in a World Cup race. To kick off the 2002/03 season she won on October 26, 2002 giant slalom in Soelden, where they had to share this victory with Nicole Hosp and Andrine Flemmen (all at the same time ). In the further course of the winter they retired often. The best result was fifth place in the giant slalom at the World Ski Championships 2003 in St. Moritz.

Sporadic success

In the 2003 /04 season Maze tried to gain a foothold, which initially did not succeed in the speed disciplines Downhill and Super -G. In contrast, she established herself in the 2004/05 season in the giant slalom final at the world's best. She won the race in St. Moritz, Santa Caterina and in Maribor. Added to this was in Altenmarkt the first podium finish in a super -G. The best result at the World Championships 2005 in Santa Caterina was the sixth place in the Super -G. Little Mazes were constant performance in the season 2005/06. She won for the second time the opening race in Soelden and scored two more podium finishes, but the faced numerous failures and placements in midfield. In her second participation in the Olympic Games, Torino 2006, they classified as four years earlier than in the Twelfth giant slalom.

Maze had in the 2006/07 season struggling to keep their level of performance. Two fifth places in the World Cup Super - G remained the best result, otherwise resulted primarily results in midfield. Similarly disappointing was the 2007/08 season - with one exception: Quite surprisingly won Maze 2 February 2008 in St. Moritz the exit, where they benefited from steadily improving runway conditions. Your starting number 47 is the highest, was won by the ever a World Cup downhill of the ladies. In the summer of 2008, Maze completely solved by the structures of the Slovenian Ski Association and put together a special team, of which she has since been taken care of. In addition, they took the ski hire a brand change from Rossignol to Stöckli.

Approach to the world top

The far-reaching changes in the environment paid off. In the 2008 /09 season Maze won in the World Cup giant slalom in Maribor and Åre. They also celebrated in Val d'Isere her first success at a major event by winning the silver medal in the giant slalom World Cup 2009. Maze won the World Cup season 2009/10, although only in the last giant slalom of the winter. Otherwise she was but become so constant that they took fourth place in the overall World Cup standings. Particularly striking was the increase in output in the previously neglected by her slalom discipline, where she managed the first podium finish. At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010, she won the silver medal each in both the Super - G and giant slalom. At the opening ceremony she appeared as a flag bearer of the Slovenian Olympic Team in appearance. For the second time after 2005 she was honored as Slovenia's Sportswoman of the Year.

In the season 2010/11 Maze was at the World Cup eight times on the podium in early March in Tarvisio after almost a year without winning again at the top - with her ​​tenth World Cup victory, the first in a super-combined. At the World Championships 2011 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen she won another silver medal in the super combined. On 17 February 2011 she made the hitherto biggest success of her career with the World Champion title in the giant slalom. A month later, she won the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide slalom for the first time and finished the World Cup season in third place in the overall standings.

In the season 2011/12 Maze reached the second place in the overall World Cup standings behind Lindsey Vonn. They stood in all five disciplines at least once on the podium ten times in total. However, they won a race for themselves. For more media coverage ensured their photos of own design silver jewelry and a discussion about alleged noncompliant Underwear race at Bad Kleinkirchheim. In 2011, they also announced to work for the Italian fashion label Giorgio Armani.

2012/13: Season of Records

In the first race of the 2012/13 season in Sölden Maze continued with a win at the top of the overall World Cup and gave this place until the end of season 2012/ 13 is no longer on. Maze won in the first four giant slaloms ( Sölden, Aspen, St. Moritz and Courchevel ) and also won the super combined in St. Moritz. There were six other podium finishes by year end. At the end of December they had scored in each of the 16 previously discharged World Cup race of the season, was eleven times on the podium (including five times at the top ), and had set new records for most World Cup points per calendar year ( 2180 ) and the most podiums in a calendar year ( 19) positioned.

After a second place in the same race from Munich beginning of the year she won in St. Anton their first Super -G on January 13, 2013. It is thus one of the few runners who have gained throughout their careers in all five disciplines Cup races. Six days later she proved with her second place in the downhill in Cortina that they can reach this season ( as in the previous year) in all five disciplines podiums; the Super -G in Cortina she finished as the third also on the podium. On January 26, 2013, it secured his place behind Lindsey Vonn in the giant slalom in Maribor prematurely the giant slalom discipline standings. For the first time the giant slalom World Cup was awarded to a runner from Slovenia. The next day, she won the slalom in Maribor. The end of January had Maze in the overall standings more than twice as many points as already the second-placed Maria Hoefl - Riesch.

At the world championships 2013 in Schladming Maze won the world title in the Super -G. Added to this were ever a silver medal in the super combined and giant slalom. On February 24, 2013, it won the Super Combination of Méribel and presented thus already nine races to victory in the overall World Cup rankings safely. It was the 18th podium of the season, which they drew even with the record keepers Hanni Wenzel and Pernilla Wiberg. Already in the next race, the Super -G in Garmisch- Partenkirchen, she was awarded her 19th podium of the season sole record holder. On March 2, Maze surpassed with victory in the downhill in Garmisch- Partenkirchen in the season 1999/2000 by Hermann Maier established record of 2000 points. In addition, she has since been one of the few who were able to celebrate in a season victories in all disciplines; Janica Kostelic this was previously only, Petra Kronberger and Marc Girardelli succeeded.

Before the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide Maze had a realistic chance of being the first skier to ever decide every five discipline ratings in a season in itself. Since the last run had to be canceled due to dense fog, read but went one point ahead of the injured since the World Cup Lindsey Vonn missing. Before the last slalom of the season Maze was in the discipline score seven points ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin. A third place at the end but not enough to decide the score for, as Shiffrin with a victory yet filed past her. In the last World Cup race of the season, a giant slalom, Maze succeeded the eleventh victory this season. In the final statement of Appreciation they had 2414 points, 1313 more than the second-placed Maria Hoefl - Riesch - synonymous with the highest score ever achieved and the biggest lead. With a total of 24 podiums in a season she set another record. In October 2013 Maze was awarded the Skieur d'Or.

2013/14: Olympic gold

At the beginning of the 2013/14 season Maze could not build on the successes of the previous year. In the first 22 World Cup races of the season she did not come twelve times in the top 10 (that was in the season 2012/13 only happened twice) before they could enter their first win of the season in the downhill in Cortina d' Ampezzo. This was the last exit before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and it was time for this major event come back in shape after they had missed in the super combined in fourth medal scarce, she won the downhill ( coinciding with the Swiss Dominique Gisin ) and the giant slalom competition and thus became double Olympic champion.


Olympic games

  • Salt Lake City 2002: 12 Giant Slalom
  • Turin 2006: 12 Giant Slalom, Super -G 39
  • Vancouver 2010: 2 Super -G, Giant Slalom 2nd, 5th Super Combined, Slalom 9, 18 departure
  • Sochi 2014: 1st exit, 1st Giant Slalom, Super Combined fourth, fifth Super -G, Slalom 8

World Championships

  • St. Anton 2001: 16 Slalom, 22, Giant Slalom, Super-G 32
  • St. Moritz 2003: 5 Giant Slalom
  • Santa Caterina 2005: 6 Super -G, 10 combination
  • Åre 2007: 14 Super -G, Giant Slalom 22
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 2 Giant Slalom, Super-G, 5, 14 departure
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 1st Giant Slalom, Super Combined 2nd, 5th exit, 5 Slalom, Super-G 11
  • Schladming 2013: 1 Super -G, Super Combined 2, 2nd Giant Slalom, 5 Slalom, Downhill 7

Junior World Championships

  • Pra Loup 1999: 14 Super -G, Downhill 19, 42 Giant Slalom
  • Quebec 2000: 7 Super -G, Downhill 13, 10 Giant Slalom, Slalom 20
  • Verbier 2001: 6 Giant Slalom
  • Sella Nevea 2002: 20 Giant Slalom, Slalom 32

World Cup ratings

  • Season 2001/ 02: 8 giant slalom World Cup
  • Season 2003/ 04: 8 giant slalom World Cup
  • Season 2004/ 05: 10th overall World Cup giant slalom World Cup 4, 9 super- G World Cup
  • Season 2005/ 06: 7 giant slalom World Cup
  • Season 2006/ 07: 10 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2008/ 09: 6 Overall World Cup, 3rd World Cup giant slalom, downhill World Cup 6th, 7th Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2009/ 10: 4th overall World Cup, 3rd World Cup giant slalom, slalom World Cup 6
  • Season 2010/ 11: 3 Overall World Cup, 2nd Combined World Cup, 6 Cup Giant Slalom, Slalom World Cup 7th, 8th downhill World Cup
  • 2011/12 season: 2nd Overall World Cup, 2nd Combined World Cup, 3rd World Cup Slalom, 4th World Cup super-G, giant slalom World Cup 5th, 9th downhill World Cup
  • Season 2012/13: first overall World Cup, 1st Combined World Cup, 1 giant slalom World Cup, 1 Super - G World Cup, 2nd downhill World Cup, 2nd Slalom World Cup
  • 2013/14 season: 4th overall World Cup, 3rd Downhill World Cup, 6th Combined World Cup, 7 Super -G World Cup

World Cup wins

67 podiums including 23 victories (13x giant slalom, downhill 3x, 3x Slalom, Super-G, 1x, 3x super combined ):

European Cup

  • Season 1999/ 00: 7th overall, 2nd Giant Slalom rating
  • Season 2000/ 01: 6 slalom rating
  • 6 podiums, including two victories:

More Awards and achievements

  • 9 Slovenian championship (Super -G in 2002 and 2009; giant slalom in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012; Slalom 2011)
  • 1 podium in Nor- Am Cup
  • Military and Police World Cup 2004: 3rd giant slalom
  • 13 wins in FIS races (8 × Giant Slalom, Slalom 3 ×, 1 × Super - G, 1 × departure)
  • Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year: 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2013


While preparing for the 2012/13 season Tina Maze took a song titled My Way Is My Decision, which was published on 26 October 2012, one day before the opening race in Soelden. In the Slovenian charts so they landed at No. 1