Tina Maze was born on 2 May 1983 in Slovenj Gradec in Slovenia. She started out as a giant slalom specialist, but later competed in all skiing disciplines, going on to become one of the best skiers of all time. She has four World Championship gold medals to her name, as well as five silvers, and two Olympic gold medals and two silvers. She won the World Cup title in 2012/13 with a record-breaking number of points, 2414, and a record 24 podium finishes. During the same season, she also did well in the giant slalom and Super G standings. She has won 26 circuit races, racking up a total of 81 podium finishes. Maze is one of the seven skiers who have won at least one World Cup race in each of the five specialities. Her World Championship debut came in the giant slalom in Maribor in January 1999. Three years later, she clinched her first podium finish in the very same race, while in October 2002, she registered her first win in the giant slalom season-opener in Soelden. In 2008, she cut ties with the Slovenia national team in order to form a private team with coach and team-mate Andrea Massi. She brought her career to an end on 7 January 2017 with the giant slalom in Maribor. She was a commentator for Eurosport during the 2019 World Ski Championships in Are.