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Slovenia's Maze Wins 2nd Gold at Sochi Olympics

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Slovenian skier Tina Maze has won her second gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, taking first place in the women's giant slalom.

Her win Tuesday follows a gold medal run last week in the downhill. Austria's Anna Fenninger took second place Tuesday for her second medal of the games, while Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg won the bronze.

Earlier, France's Pierre Vaultier won gold in the men's snowboardcross, which had been postponed Monday because of heavy fog. Russia's Nikolay Olyunin won silver and American Alex Deibold won the bronze.

Three other Tuesday medal events are complete. Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen narrowly beat Frenchman Martin Fourcade to win gold in the men's 15-kilometer biathlon mass start. Norway's Joergen Graabak took gold in the men's large hill Nordic Combined and his teammate, Magnus Moan, earned silver. South Korean speed skaters won gold in the women's 3,000-meter relay, with Canada taking silver and Italy earning bronze.

American freestyle skier David Wise, the world champion, is favored to win gold in the inaugural halfpipe event later Tuesday. Medals in men's 10-kilometer speedskating are also at stake.

Russia and the United States are tied for the most medals in Sochi at 19, following by Norway with 18. The Netherlands has won 17, Canada 16 and Germany 15. Germany has the most gold medals with eight, followed by Norway with seven.