World Cup Alpine Ski Racer and Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Slovenia 

Tina Maze (born 2 May 1983) is a Slovenian World Cup alpine ski racer. She is one of just 6 women who have won in all five World Cup events and one of three women who have won in all five disciplines in a single season. Maze has 22 World Cup victories and is the current world champion in Super-G. She was the world champion in giant slalom in 2011,and won the overall World Cup in the 2013 season. In this season, she listed 11 victories and won a record number of World Cup points – 2414,beating the previous record of Hermann Maier of 2000 points from the 2000 season. In that season, she won the Super-G and Giant Slalom titles, finished first in the Combined event (although no globe was awarded) and finished second in Slalom and Downhill. Maze also improved previous Maier’s record of podium finishes in a single season (22) with 24 podiums. In 2005, 2010, and 2011, she was awarded the title of the best Slovenian female athlete of the year. (www.wikipedia.org)

I started skiing at the age of 3. At the beginning with my dad and then with the Crna Ski Club. Skiing is the most popular sport in my village. Other athletes, such as Mitja Kunc, made excellent results. When I started, training was rather easy, but now everything is a lot more serious. Anyway, nothing is really difficult if one has good results – and this is what pushes me forward!