Twice before, the smooth-skiing Slovenian had to settle for silver in the two-leg event at the worlds after being billed as a favourite and she did not want to contemplate the thought of ending up as the bridesmaid once again.
Exhausted though she was after winning gold in the blue riband downhill and finishing second in the Super-G, Maze pocketed her second gold at Beaver Creek by winning the combined with an overall time of two minutes 33.37 seconds.
“This is special because I was always one of the favourites and I never managed to win it,” the 31-year-old said after claiming her ninth career medal at the worlds.
“Today I was a favourite and if I wouldn’t win today, I wouldn’t have felt good so it was putting a lot of pressure on me. I felt that I have to do this and it’s not easy to race like that.
“I was really nervous before the slalom, I did a solid run in downhill but not my best run. Still winning on that run, it’s amazing. I couldn’t wish for more,” said the Slovenian, who won silver in the combined at the worlds in 2011 and 2013.