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Vonn returns, but Maze is still too much

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And the story remains the same.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze took home her sixth World Cup victory of the season in St. Anton, Austria over the weekend, and her first super-G victory after eight previous podium finishes.

“It’s incredible, I don’t have words for this,” Maze told the AP. “I believed I could do it this season because I am skiing very well. Anna also raced great. It was very tight and I was lucky, but I am very happy to be part of this special club of winners.”

Maze held off hometown favorite Anna Fenninger, who finished second, as well as American Lindsey Vonn, her chief rival, who was racing for the first time in 2013 after taking time off to fully recover from an l illness that has plagued her all season.

Vonn, who was fourth behind Fabienne Suter of Switzerland by 0.01 seconds, said she knows there’s room for improvement, but was pleased with her return to the slopes.

“In general my speed skiing is still good, I faltered a little bit in my GS and slalom,” Vonn said. “But [Maze] has definitely proven that she’s been the best overall skier this year… If you win the overall title, no matter what the circumstances are, you definitely deserve it. She worked hard for it and I am happy for her.”

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Aspen World Cup slalom

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With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.

En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.

In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.

“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”

Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.

Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.

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Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio 2016

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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.

Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.

Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”

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