Skier death threat: Alpine skier Tina Maze said that she got a death threat, prompting authorities to give her more security.
Tina Maze, who set the World Cup record for points over the weekend in Germany, received a death threat, she said on Sunday.
Maze, 29, said she got an e-mailed death threat on Saturday before she was placed under police protection, reported CNN. Event organizers received the threat, prompting them to give the Slovenian athlete more security.
“It’s bizarre, I can only laugh about it,” Maze told reporters Sunday after she got fourth place in the race. She had 2,074 points for the season—the first person to break 2,000 points.
“I don’t really want to talk about it; it was just a normal day at the office,” she said. “I have a clean conscience; I haven’t done anything bad, some people are just jealous.”
She added: “I haven’t seen anything myself, the threat came through the organizers, but I have never felt as safe as I did today. If whoever is responsible wanted to distract me or put me off, they didn’t succeed. But it’s not easy when you have the feeling that something can happen.”
Maze said that overall, it has been an “incredible season” for her, according to The Associated Press. “It was not my goal at the start of the season to break the mark; my aim was to win the overall title.”
Peter Fischer, the head of the organizing committee, told Fox Sports that the e-mail came from an anonymous source. It was immediately handed over to police.
“We had to take it seriously, our job is to keep everyone safe here,” Fischer told the network. “Police took over the case and provided protection.”
Maze said she felt incredibly safe: “I’ve had police in front my door all the time since yesterday.”
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