Tina Maze in the Giant slalom, Alpine World Championships
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Maze is the first person from Slovenia to win a gold medal in alpine skiing at a World Championships or Olympics. Federica Brignone of Italy, and 0.48 in front of Tessa Worley of France placed second and third, respectively. Julia Mancuso, at 16th, was the top American finisher in the World Alpine championships in Garmisch, Germany.
Lindsey Vonn, still suffering from a concussion she sustained several days ago, withdrew from her remaining events at the world championships.
Tessa Worley, France, in GS
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Worley was considered a favorite to win the giant slalom, but in a race where hundredths, or tenths of seconds separate first and second place, changing snow conditions during the course of a race can have a huge effect.
For the ski students and aspiring racers, note the high edge angle of Maze’s and Worley’s skis. Maze is still above the gate in this photo, and if you think of a turn a part of a circle, she’s between the 12 o’clock and three o’clock position. This means that she has moved onto her new edges before crossing the fall line.
In lessons, we talk about getting onto the new ski edge — here you see world champion examples of getting onto that edge.
The men’s GS and slalom will be among the next events.