Tina Maze says this season could be her last

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Four-time Olympic medalist Tina Maze will take a break after the 2014-15 Alpine skiing season to consider retirement, according to Slovenian media.

Maze, 31, won the Sochi Olympic downhill and giant slalom in February. She won super-G and giant slalom silver in 2010.

Maze had arguably the greatest World Cup season ever in 2012-13 with a record 2,414 points (more than twice as many as second-place Maria Hoefl-Riesch). She was first or second in all five disciplines.

Maze, a four-time Olympian, said in Sochi that she would not ski through the 2018 Winter Olympics but didn’t know when she would retire during the four-year stretch between Winter Games.

Maze is one of the favorites for the World Cup overall title this season, along with returning champion Anna Fenninger of Austria. Hoefl-Riesch has retired, and top Americans Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin likely won’t compete in enough races to challenge for the overall.

The World Cup season starts in Soelden, Austria, with a giant slalom in two weeks.

Lindsey Vonn hopeful to be in winning form in first races