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Maze wins super-G gold at ski worlds, Vonn crashes

Tuesday - 2/5/2013, 5:50pm  ET

Slovenia's Tina Maze reacts after finishing the women's super-G at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Feb.5,2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

ERIC WILLEMSEN
Associated Press

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) -- Tina Maze became the first Slovenian skier to win a world championship gold medal in a speed event, taking the opening women's super-G Tuesday in a race overshadowed by a crash involving Lindsey Vonn that will sideline her for the season.

Vonn tore ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg when she lost balance while landing after a jump. She was taken to a hospital by helicopter.

Maze attacked all the way, winning in 1 minute, 35.39 seconds and beating Lara Gut of Switzerland by 0.38. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was third, 0.52 behind.

"The gold medal means a lot to me," said Maze, who is having a standout season in the World Cup and is quickly closing in on the overall title. "I had a great run. Slovenia is a small country and has so many great athletes. That makes me really happy."

The race had been delayed by 3
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