Tina Maze wins World Cup Super Combined, clinches Overall title after Maria Hoefl-Riesch skis off course

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Tina Maze resumed her World Cup dominance with victory in Super Combined on Sunday in Meribel, France.

The Slovenian won the morning downhill by a large enough margin that it removed much of the mystery from the subsequent slalom run. She has now won both Super Combined races this season.

Maze now has 1,844 World Cup points, which gives her an unassailable lead in the Overall competition (more than 1,000 points with nine races left over Maria Hoefl-Riesch) and a great shot at being the first woman to crack the 2,000-point barrier in a season. Points standings.

Austrian Nicole Hosp earned second, while her teammate Michaela Kirchgasser took third. Hoefl-Riesch, who won the Super Combined at the World Championships, was third in downhill but skied off course in slalom. Read more.

Julia Mancuso raced to a strong second in the Downhill portion, just .41 behind Maze, but struggled in the slalom, losing more than a second to Maze to wind up fourth. She was followed by fellow Americans Laurenne Ross (15) and Leanne Smith (26).

DOWNHILL

Carolina Ruiz Castillo of Spain won the Women’s World Cup Downhill on Saturday (Feb. 23) in Meribel, France, garnering a couple of “firsts” along the way. It was Ruiz Castillo’s first career win on the tour and the first victory ever for a Spaniard in a speed event.

The winner nipped Maria Hoefl-Riesch by two-tenths of a second, with Marie Marchand-Arvier filling out the podium. Tina Maze raced well but could only manage fourth place. Marion Rolland, who won the downhill Gold at the World Championships, finished in 10th. Read more.

The American team, looking for leadership in the absence of injured speed queen Lindsey Vonn, suffered through a rare sub-par day in speed racing. Julia Mancuso, who ran third in training on Friday, only managed 13th as the top American finisher.  Alice McKennis (14), Leanne Smith (18), Stacey Cook (27) and Laurenne Ross (35) rounded out the U.S. contingent.

The weekend’s events continue on Sunday with the  Super Combined. Here’s where to find start lists and final results for the Downhill and Super Combined.

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