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Maze, US speed team struggle as Olympics loom
Last season's stars, Tina Maze and US women's speed team, struggle early in Olympic season
Associated Press
2013-12-15 03:01 AM

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) -- The dominating stars of last season's Alpine World Cup circuit endured another frustrating day on Saturday.

Tina Maze of Slovenia skied out and the United States women's speed team again failed to challenge seriously as Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein continued her own consistent run by winning a super-G in near-ideal conditions.

Maze and the U.S. team have collectively failed to reach the podium in six speed races.

U.S. head coach Alex Hoedlmoser tells The Associated Press "no one is panicking" with seven more weeks' racing before the Sochi Olympics.

Maze's coach, Andrea Massi, says there's "a lot of time" to rediscover her record-setting form.

Still, Massi acknowledged "problems with the concentration" for the defending overall World Cup champion, who was clearly unhappy in the finish area.

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