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Without Vonn, Maze favorite at slalom opener

Updated: November 9, 2012, 2:36 PM ET
Associated Press

LEVI, Finland -- With Lindsey Vonn skipping the race, Tina Maze of Slovenia is the favorite heading into the opening World Cup slalom on Saturday.

Maze won the season's first giant slalom and looks to add a slalom victory to extend her lead for the overall World Cup title.

Four-time overall champion Vonn is skipping the event to focus on races later this month in Aspen, Colo., the only U.S. stop on the women's circuit.

Maze was the distant runner-up to Vonn in the overall standings ...

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