Olympic ski champion Tina Maze takes year off

Two-time Olympic champion Tina Maze of Slovenia has announced a one-year break from ski racing before deciding about continuing her career.

The 32-year-old Maze said on her website, “I feel that my body and my mind need a longer rest than usual. I will allow myself a one year break before taking any further decision.” Maze, who earned gold in downhill and giant slalom at the Sochi Games last year, won the 2013 overall World Cup title with a record total of 2,414 points. Last season, she finished runner-up to Anna Fenninger of Austria and won two gold medals at the world championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. Olympic medalist Silvan Zurbriggen said last month he had retired from Alpine skiing at age 33 because of persistent back injuries. Zurbriggen had two World Cup wins in an 11-year career — in traditional combined at Kitzbuehel, Austria, in 2009, and downhill at Val Gardena. Italy, in 2010.