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Women's downhill gold medalists Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze, right, hold hands during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin reacts after finishing the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Gisin tied with Slovenia's Tina Maze to win the gold medal. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin reacts after finishing the women's downhill the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She tied for first place with Slovenia's Tina Maze to win the gold medal.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin reacts after finishing the women's downhill the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She tied for first place with Slovenia's Tina Maze to win the gold medal.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin reacts after finishing the women's downhill the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She tied for first place with Slovenia's Tina Maze to win the gold medal.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin reacts after finishing the women's downhill the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She tied for first place with Slovenia's Tina Maze to win the gold medal.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Gold medalists Slovenia's Tina Maze, right, and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin celebrates after Maze's run in the women's downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin makes a turn in the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Women's downhill gold medalists Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze, center, stand with bronze medalist Switzerland's Lara Gut before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Argentina's Macarena Simari Birkner makes a jump during the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Argentina's Macarena Simari Birkner makes a jump during the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Argentina's Macarena Simari Birkner makes a jump during the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Russia's Maria Bedareva rests after finishing the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Russia's Maria Bedareva rests after finishing the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates finishing the women's downhill, tying for first place with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze pose for photos before a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010 file photo, Switzerland's Dominique Gisin crashes as she approaches the finish in the women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Gisin won her first major medal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, when she tied with Tina Maze of Slovenia to win the gold in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Argentina's Macarena Simari Birkner makes a jump during the women's downhill at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

The Sanki Sliding Center is seen from a gondola after the men's luge competition in the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze, right, pose for photographers on the podium during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

By HOWARD FENDRICH

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin took different paths on an Olympic downhill filled with flats and turns, jumps and bumps, across slender trees’ shadows, along snow that was icy at the top, soft at the bottom.

Any variable could have made the slightest difference over the more than 1½ miles. Gisin, the eighth woman down the Rosa Khutor course, was good enough early and fantastic at the end. A half-hour later, starting 20th, Maze followed a tighter line, faster than Gisin most of the way, until slowed by a mistake shortly before the final leap.

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