Tina Maze of Slovenia won the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, and this time she was alone on the top of the podium.

Maze shared her maiden World Cup victory in Soelden in 2003 with Austria's Nicole Hosp and Norway's Andrine Flemmen in an unprecedented three-way tie.

"This is my hill," Maze said yesterday after completing her two runs in 2 minutes 24.59 seconds. "This time things finished a little differently for me. I didn't have to share the win. It was all mine."

Croatia's Janica Kostelic, the Olympic giant slalom champion, was second in 2:24.93, moving up from fifth after the opening leg. Sweden's Anja Paerson, the overall World Cup champion, was third in 2:25.03.

The fastest U.S. skier was Kristina Koznick, who finished 17th. Americans Resi Stiegler and Sarah Schleper did not compete. Stiegler hurt her left shin during training on Friday, and Schleper has back problems.

Maze had three giant slalom victories last season and finished fourth in the standings. Yesterday, she was tied for second after the first leg in 1:11.30 and went down the second time in 1:13.29.

* CROSS-COUNTRY: Sweden's Peter Larsson captured the season opener in World Cup cross-country skiing in the rain, winning for the fourth time in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Norway's Marit Bjoergen, the overall World Cup champion, won the women's 800-meter freestyle sprint.

Larsson, whose only World Cup victories have come in Dusseldorf, finished the 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint in 3:04.5, edging Norway's Tor Arne Hetland by 0.1 of a second. Sweden's Thobias Fredriksson was third, 0.3 of a second back, in the race on artificial snow.

* SPEEDSKATING: Jennifer Rodriguez won twice, and Olympic champion Casey FitzRandolph and Shani Davis set course records at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating competition in West Allis, Wis.

Rodriguez, the Miami skater who won bronze medals in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters at the Salt Lake City Olympics, took the 500 yesterday in 39.01 seconds and the 1,500 in 1:59.97.

FitzRandolph skated through in 35.56 to take the men's 500, the same distance at which he won a gold medal in Salt Lake City. He broke the Pettit National Ice Center mark of 35.59, set last December by Tucker Fredricks.

Davis won the 1,500 in 1:46.44 to smash the record of 1:47.73 he set last December.

* SNOWBOARDING: In Saas Fee, Switzerland, American Nate Holland got his second career World Cup victory.

Holland chose an inside line in the final and took the lead when he saw Frenchman Xavier Delerue fly off the first hip jump.

Marie Laissus of France won the women's event.

"This is my hill," Slovenia's Tina Maze said after flagging down the win.