Defending GS champion Maze favorite at worlds

ERIC WILLEMSEN Associated Press Published:

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) -- With the World Cup giant slalom title wrapped up, defending champion Tina Maze will be the one to beat in the event at the world championships.

The Slovenian, who is vying to clinch the overall title, has dominated GS this year by winning the first four races. With two events left after the worlds, Maze holds an insurmountable lead over Austrian rivals Kathrin Zettel and Anna Fenninger.

Other medal candidates in Thursday's race include Julia Mancuso of the United States and Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

Maze, who won worlds gold in super-G and silver in super-combined, says "being able to get a medal in every event is something special. That's something everyone is dreaming of."