Austrian ski hero Hermann Maier has won the men's giant slalom gold medal at the world Alpine skiing championships in Bormio, Italy, one day after the event was postponed because of a television workers' strike.


Maier, a former Olympic champion in the event, completed his two runs down the famed Stelvio course in a combined time of 2:50.41, 0.25 ahead of countryman Benjamin Raich.


American Daron Rahlves finished third, 0.68 behind Maier.  The bronze medal was the 31-year-old American's second podium finish in this world championship - he earned the silver medal in the downhill.


Overall World Cup leader American Bode Miller - a two-time gold medalist at these championships - crashed in his first run and did not finish.


Hermann Maier has now won a medal in every World Championship he has entered since 1999.  His achievement is despite nearly losing his leg in a motorcycle crash three years ago.


Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP