Maze wins giant slalom for 2nd Sochi gold
Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Downhill co-champion Tina Maze of Slovenia won her second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday in the women's giant slalom.
Maze edged super-G champion Anna Fenninger of Austria by .07 seconds and 2006 gold medalist Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was another .20 seconds further back for the bronze.
Mikaela Shiffrin, the 18-year-old American slalom specialist, was fifth after both runs. She briefly occupied the last medal position before being knocked off the podium by the last contenders to ski the foggy Rosa Khutor course.
Earlier, former Olympic champion Julia Mancuso of the U.S. missed a gate on her first run and was eliminated in her last race of the Sochi Games.
Maze, 30, shared the downhill title last week with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin in the first gold medal tie in Olympic alpine skiing history. Maze won two silver medals at the 2010 Olympics, in the super-G and giant slalom.
She had a big lead -- .52 seconds over Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby -- after the first run and needed almost all of it. She finished with a total time of 2 minutes, 36.87 seconds.
Fenninger's time in the second run was .78 seconds faster than Maze's, and Rebensburg outskied the Slovenian star by more than a second.
Snow fell at the top of the hill as the second runs got underway and fog blanketed the middle of the course, but all the skiers were able to start after a short delay.
Italy's Nadia Fanchini was fourth, .11 out of medal contention, and Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner and Lindell-Vikarby finished sixth and seventh.
Mancuso, 29, got bounced off track late in her run, ending her Olympics. She competed in five events and won her only medal, a bronze, in last week's super combined.
The four-time Olympic medalist captured gold in the giant slalom in 2006 but finished eighth in the event four years ago. She was one of 15 skiers who didn't finish their first run.
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch pulled out of the event before it started. She had already won her second straight gold in the super combined and took silver in the super-G.
Shiffrin is the reigning world champion and has three World Cup titles this season in slalom, which is scheduled for Friday and was her best hope for a medal coming into the games.
Canada's Erin Mielzynski came in 21st and Americans Resi Stiegler and Megan McJames finished 29th and 30th.
02/18 16:31:36 ET