Tina Maze wins giant slalom in dreary conditions
Erin Mielzynski only Canadian of 3 starters to finish a run
Six days after getting its first ever Winter Olympic gold medal, Slovenia now has its second.
First was best in the women's giant slalom on Tuesday at the Sochi Olympics, with Tina Maze setting down a time that carried her to victory.
Wearing bib No. 1, Maze finished her first run in one minute, 17.88 seconds on a foggy and snowy day at Rosa Khutor.
A clean second run of 1:18.99 was good for a total time of 2:36.87, which edged Austrian Anna Fenninger's time by seven one-hundredths of a second.
Defending Olympic GS champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished 0.27 seconds behind Maze for bronze.
Maze also won Slovenia's other Winter Olympic gold medal last week, in an unprecedented tie with Dominique Gisin of Switzerland in the women's downhill event.
Gisin finished 10th, 2.71 seconds behind Maze.
Erin Mielzynski of Guelph, Ont., finished 21st with a combined time of 2:40.69, a positive result given that it's her second best discipline and the fact she's struggled this season on the World Cup tour.
Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., continued to struggle in her first Olympic experience.
On the first run, Gagnon took a wide turn halfway down the course, tried gamely to continue, but erred again. It is now three races without completion for the 24-year-old, who dislocated her shoulder in her first Sochi race.
Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., didn't even get that far, skiing into a gate at the top of the hill. Prefontaine was 20th in the super-G, one of the better results for the Canadian women in Sochi.
Concert violinist and recording artist Vanessa Mae, skiing as Vanessa Vanakorn of Thailand, was dead last in both runs, finishing 50.10 seconds behind Maze.
There were a total of 22 skiers who didn't finish, with super-combi gold medallist Maria Hoefl-Riesch a late scratch. The German decided to focus on Friday's slalom.