Skier Tina Maze recently received a death threat via email.
The World Cup-winning skier was placed under police protection after authorities were made aware of the death threat. Maze reportedly received the unsettling email on Saturday afternoon.
According to The Associated Press, the death threat arrived shortly after the skier won the downhill race this weekend.
Tina Maze explained:
“If somebody is strong and showing good performances and perfect in the thing you are doing, there are people who want to disturb you. I guess it’s part of the game but it didn’t disturb me that much.”
The skier added:
“It shouldn’t be part of the game but life is not perfect. It’s not nice for me, it’s not nice for my team. I haven’t seen the email… they want to ruin your day, ruin the record, but I enjoyed the day 100 percent.”
Authorities said the threat came from an anonymous source. Police were made away of the email as soon as it arrived. Maze explained that she felt safe knowing officers were standing guard.
The New York Times reports that the skier received the death threat after she broke a record for most points earned during a World Cup season. Tina Maze is also the third woman in history to have won a race in all five disciplines in one season.
The website explains the skier earned 2,024 points after she won the downhill race. Maze said of her accomplishment:
“It’s been an incredible season. It was not my goal at the start of the season to break the mark; my aim was to win the overall title.”
Maze reportedly placed fourth at the super-G race on Sunday. Anna Fenninger of Austria clenched the top spot.
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