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Tina Maze eyeing giant slalom win in FIS World Cup event in Kuhtai

Tina Maze will attempt to increase her FIS World Cup overall standings lead in the giant slalom event in Kuhtai on Sunday.

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The Slovenian holds a 249-point lead over Anna Fenninger after finishing third and seventh in the super-G and downhill respectively in Val d'Isere last weekend.

Maze won the last giant slalom event in Are, ahead of Sara Hector and Eva-Maria Brem, and the 31-year-old will be eyeing a repeat performance of that victory in Sweden.

And with a slalom event to follow the giant slalom on Monday, the 31-year-old - the Olympic gold medalist in the giant slalom - can head into 2015 in a strong position in the overall standings.

Austrian Brem leads the way in the giant slalom standings as a result of her impressive start to the season.

The 26-year-old can expect great backing at the Tirol resort as she strives to maintain her record of having finished in the top three in each of the three giant slalom events so far this season.

Fenninger has enjoyed an outstanding year in which she has won super G gold and the giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Olympics, as well as being ther overall and giant slalom World Cup winner.

The 25-year-old from Salzburg will also have plenty of support as she strives to cut the gap to Maze in the overall standings.

Brem was a winner in Aspen last month and two third-placed finishes have ensured she is 54 points ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin in the giant slalom standings, with overall reigning champion Fenninger a further four points back.

The two days of competition were due to be held in Semmering, but the International Ski Federation announced they will be staged in Kuhtai instead due to "unstable snow conditions".

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