Top skier -- and pop star -- Tina Maze takes leave from racing

Skiing champion Tina Maze to take a year off to decide future in sport

Tina Maze, a two-time Olympic champion and prominent figure in women's skiing, has announced that she will take a year off to ponder her future in the sport.

"After 16 long and successful seasons, practicing all disciplines, I feel that my body and my mind need a longer rest than usual," she wrote Thursday on her website. "I will allow myself a one year break before taking any further decision."

The 32-year-old won the downhill and giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games and also took the overall World cup title in 2013. She is one of only six female racers to have won World Cup events in all five alpine disciplines.

That places her on a level with other stars such as Lindsey Vonn, Anna Fenninger and Mikaela Shiffrin.

In addition to skiing, Maze has recorded a pop song that has hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and is reportedly a hit in her native Slovenia.

In her announcement, she mentioned pursuing "other projects that I have in mind."

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