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Death threat mars women's super-G race

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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Anna Fenninger of Austria upstaged the favourites to win a super-G race Sunday, while overall World Cup winner Tina Maze was placed under police protection after organizers received a death threat against the Slovenian.

Maze finished fourth in the race and said she was not disturbed by the emailed threat. But she had two bodyguards close by after the race.

The death threat came in an email received Saturday afternoon, after Maze had won the downhill race and broken the points record for a season.

"That's sad. If somebody is strong and showing good performances and perfect in the thing you are doing, there are people who want to disturb you," Maze said. "I guess it's part of the game but it didn't disturb me that much.

"It shouldn't be part of the game but life is not perfect. It's not nice for me, it's not nice for my team. I haven't seen the email ... they want to ruin your day, ruin the record, but I enjoyed the day 100 per cent," Maze said.

Peter Fischer, chief of the organizing committee, said the email came from an anonymous source and that it was immediately turned over to the police.

"We had to take it seriously, our job is to keep everyone safe here," Fischer said. "Police took over the case and provided protection."

Maze said she had never felt safer in her life, "I've had police in front my door all the time since yesterday."

Fenninger beat hometown favourite Maria Hoefl-Riesch by 0.20 of a second on the Kandahar course for her third career victory and second of the season.

The Austrian also saw off Julia Mancuso of the United States in third and Maze in fourth.

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., was 29th, struggling with a late start number on a deteriorating course.

"We knew it was going to be really difficult," said Canadian women's coach Hugues Ansermoz. "About 15 girls went out near the end. It was getting dark on the pitch but (Gagnon) attacked so much. She took a chance and made a mistake coming into the darker part but it's tough to be mad because she was attacking today. It was great to see."

Mancuso and Maze are still in competition for the season super-G title, which will now be decided at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in two weeks.

-- AP/CP

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 4, 2013 C11

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