Tina Maze of Slovenia took first place for women's downhill at the Alpine Ski World Championships. (Photo: Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content)

Tina Maze to Take Year Off

Olympic gold medalist cites need for rest


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Slovenian Olympic skier Tina Maze, who won two gold medals at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, has announced plans to take a one-year break from ski racing, according to an AP report on Thursday. The 32-year-old, who first entered international competition when she was 16, said she needed time off from the sport before deciding what to do next.

“After 16 long and successful seasons, practicing all disciplines, I feel that my body and my mind need a longer rest than usual,” Maze wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday. “I will allow myself a one-year break before taking any further decision.”

As Outside reported in February, Maze won the women’s downhill at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and took gold in the women’s combined at the World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, firmly establishing her dominance across all events in women’s skiing. During the winter of 2012–2013, Maze achieved 24 podium finishes, taking the top spot of the FIS World Cup standings with 2,414 points, the highest total ever attained by any skier, male or female, in the competition’s history.

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