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Olympics: Maze strikes double gold, political wounds reopen

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:30 AM
Slovania's gold medalist Tina Maze celebrates during the Women's Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Tina Maze struck double Olympic ski gold on Tuesday while the stark political realities of the Sochi Games were exposed by the arrests of members of the high-profile Pussy Riot punk group.

Maze bagged her second title after sharing the downhill gold by edging Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger by a hairsbreadth seven-hundredths of a second in the giant slalom.

In tricky weather conditions that included heavy snow, torrential rain and fog, the 30-year-old Slovenian clocked a combined total of 2min 36.87sec over the two runs in Rosa Khutor.

"This season's plan was to show my best here. My focus in training was on the Olympic Games," said Maze, who won two silvers, in super-G and giant slalom, at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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