Updated: Friday, 23 May 2014 22:54 | By Agence France-Presse

New coach for Olympic champion Maze

Double Olympic champion Tina Maze will train next season with Italian Valerio Ghirardi as she bids to recapture her overall World Cup title, the Slovenian ski star announced on Friday.

New coach for Olympic champion Maze

Slovenia's Tina Maze reacts in the finish area after competing in the FIS Women Super G alpine skiing World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide on March 13, 2014 - by Fabrice Coffrini

"My aim next season is to improve in the slalom," said the 31-year-old reigning Olympic downhill and giant slalom champion.

Ghirardi was coach of Italy's former double world champion and three-time Olympic medallist Isolde Kostner.

"Ghirardi is a coach who I've admired for many years," she said.

"He has been out of alpine skiing for three years and he is hungry for success, that's why we need these kind of people in the team.

"We are still looking for physiotherapist."

Maze won the overall World Cup title in 2013, but lost it to Austria's Anna Fenninger this season.

Maze's season will culminate with the world championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado from February 2-15, but she did not reveal whether she would continue the following season.

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