Today I want to write about my favorite alpine ski racer ( although retired ) Tina Maze. First of all I will talk a bit about her.
She was born on the 2nd of May 1983 in Slovenj Gradec. She is a retired SLOVENIAN World cup Alpine ski racer. Not long ago she gave birth to a healthy girl and is married to her coach . She had her first World cup debut in 1999 when she was only 15 years old.
Her main disciplines were Downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom and combined. She was awarded the title of Slovenian sportswoman of the year in 2005 and then all the way from 2010 to 2015. She won a total of 26 World cup races during her career.
In her early years as mentioned above she made her World cup debut in 1999 when she was 15 years old in a giant slalom race in Maribor. In January 2002 she won her first podium ( 2nd place).
One of her most sucessful seasons was in 2005 s she won 3 giant slalom races and scored two super-G podiums, both 3rd places. In the 2006 season, Maze won one giant slalom race and two more podiums, a third place in giant slalom and a runner-up position in super-G. In 2008 she won her first downhill in Saint Moritz which was the first downhill victory won by a female skiier !
In the years 2007 and 2008 Tina decided to break with the national ski team and founded her personal "Team to aMAZE" with her coach and partner Andrea Massi. In the 2009 Alpine Skiing World Cup she scored two wins, both in giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia, and in Åre, Sweden.
The record breaking season for Tina was in the year 2013 with a win in a giant slalom in Solden, Austria. In the 2009 Alpine Skiing World Cup she scored two wins, both in giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia, and in Åre, Sweden.
In the year 2015 she started the season stronger than the previous year's. Winning three races and four additional podiums. She came to the 2015 World Championships in Vail / Beaver Creek, Colorado, United States, as the overall World Cup leader and was, as in 2013, seen as a potential candidate to win a medal in all five disciplines.
The year 2015 was also a sad year for all Slovenians as Tina Maze announced her retirement. In the year 2017 she officialy concluded her career. She also wrote a song after she retired. My way is my decision here is also the link to her song:
All in all Tina Maze made a huge breaktrough in alpine skiing. She put Slovenia on the World map since we are such a small country nobody really knew us. It all hurt us that she retired but she will always be in our hearts as our most amazing alpine skiier.