Tina Maze wins downhill, sets World Cup season points record, but Mancuso challenging for Super G season title with one race left

Julia Mancuso (US Ski Team)

Julia Mancuso (US Ski Team)

UPDATE (March 4): Slovenian star Tina Maze received police protection on Sunday at the Super G in the wake of an e-mailed death threat after she won the Downhill on Saturday. Read more.

Tina Maze made World Cup history with her Downhill victory on Saturday (March 2), establishing a new season record for most overall points. Here’s a look at all the women’s World Cup races this weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Find start lists and final results for all of the weekend’s races.

SUPER G (March 3)

Anna Fenninger of Austria sent the home country fans home disappointed when she won the Super G on Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, edging Maria Hoefl-Riesch by .20 on her home race hill.

That was a bigger margin than the one between Hoefl-Riesch and Julia Mancuso, who was just .03 behind for third. The American would have loved to run .04 faster and gain the second-place points to use in her battle for the Super G season title with Tina Maze, who finished fourth. As it stands the Slovenian’s lead over Mancuso was shaved by 10 points to 420-365 with one Super G race remaining. Read more.

DOWNHILL (MARCH 2)

The victory by Tina Maze means she now owns the single-season record for overall points — her 2,024 has surpassed Hermann Maier’s single-season point record of 2,000 — and has set a record for most podiums (20) in a regular season. Her 23 total podiums, including Worlds, also is a record. And it seems like a sure thing that she will claim the Downhill discipline title for the season, barring a crash. The Americans took solace in the fact that Laurenne Ross, who finished second, became the sixth and final member of the speed team to make a podium. Teammates Julia Mancuso (6th) and Stacey Cook (9th) joind her in the top ten, while home country favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch ran third. Read more.

SUPER G

Tina Weirather earned a surprise win in the Super G on Friday (March 1) at Garmisch, but the real excitement was lower on the podium. The racer from Liechtenstein was .12 ahead of Julia Mancuso and Tina Maze, who tied for the day and remain just 65 points apart in the standings for the Super G season crown. The American can up the odds of preventing the Slovenian star from winning a third season crown — she has already won Giant Slalom and the Overall title — by winning Sunday’s Super G. Read more.

Maze now has 1,824 World Cup points, which gives her a great  shot at being the first woman to crack the 2,000-point barrier in a season. Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, second in the overall standings, finished  11th. After Mancuso, the American finishers included Laurenne Ross (9th), Leanne Smith (12th), Stacey Cook (30) and Alice McKennis (35)

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