Maze wins women's downhill in Cortina

ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer Published:

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) -- Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze won a downhill Saturday for her first victory of what had so far been a difficult season.

Regaining her form just in time for the Sochi Olympics, Maze clocked 1 minute, 37.79 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course.

Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland finished second, 0.27 seconds behind, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third, 0.38 back.

This was the third of four races in four days. Elisabeth Goergl won a super-G on Thursday, Maria Hoefl-Riesch took a downhill Friday and another super-G is scheduled for Sunday.

Two of the races were originally scheduled for last weekend in Cortina but were wiped out by heavy snowfall. The other two were moved from Garmisch-Partenkirchen due to a lack of snow in the German resort.