Tina Maze takes big lead in Olympic giant slalom

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Tina Maze took a big lead in a rain-soaked giant slalom on Tuesday as she seeks a second gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

Maze, who tied for victory in the downhill, used the best snow conditions starting No. 1. Her first-run time of 1 minute, 17.88 seconds was 0.52 faster than Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden.

Nadia Fanchini of Italy was third, 0.65 behind, super-G winner Anna Fenninger of Austria was fourth, and American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin was fifth-fastest and has 0.91 to make up in the second leg.

The second run is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (0900 GMT) but could be postponed to another day.

The first run is valid when all 90 listed racers get to start.

Violinist Vanessa-Mae, racing for Thailand, is No. 87.

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