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Tina Maze wins opener in Austria

Updated: October 27, 2012, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

SOELDEN, Austria -- Tina Maze of Slovenia lived up to her ambition to become Lindsey Vonn's main challenger for the women's overall World Cup title by convincingly winning the season-opening giant slalom on Saturday.

Maze was already runner-up to Vonn in the overall standings last year, but she failed to win a race and trailed the American by 578 points.

The Slovenian skied a perfect first run and held on to her lead in the second to finish in an overall time of 2 minutes, 31.41 seconds ...

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