After Bad the blue is also imposed sull’Olympia delle Tofane preceding Vonn and Shiffrin. After Isolde Kostner is the second Italian to win two free games in a row. SuperG of Kitzbuehel in Svindal
Sofia Goggia celebrates on the podium under the gaze of Lindsey Vonn (ap)
CORTINA – Two victories in a row downhill, first in the classification of the discipline, second in the general one not even three weeks from the Olympics in South Korea. It is Sofia Goggia the Wonder Woman of Cortina, even if the suit with a red cape wearing Julia Mancuso, the Californian who gives the goodbyes to the races at 33 years after a life on skis: gold at the 2006 Turin Games in Giant in addition to the two silver downhill and combined in Vancouver 2010 and the bronze in super combined in Sochi 2014, 5 world medals, 36 podiums in the world cup with 7 achievements. They applaud and embrace teammates. They all come down with an orange harness against violence against women.
But the woman with superpowers today is Sofia: the Bergamo, 25, scrambles the Olympia of Tofane and wins the descent after the one in Bad Kleinkirchheim a week ago when she was triple blue (with Federica Brignone second and Nadia Fanchini third), the first and unique in 50 years of world cup history. Only one blue in the story had succeeded in back-to-back, repeated in two free practice: Isolde Kostner at Lake Louise and St. Moritz in 1999. Sofia kept her promise on the eve: beat American superstar Lindsey Vonn, 33 years and 11 times victorious in Cortina but this time second in front of the other American, the phenomenon of slalom Mikaela Shiffrin, 22 years old. They must give way to Sofi, who leaves Lindsey at 1.36.45 for 47 cents. The American had 14 ahead of Sofia in the first intermediate, 58 per second, which became 14 in the third. But then, on a dosset, he crossed the skis in the air and lost ground. The American says: “I congratulate Sofia, respect, we are friends.” Today I made mistakes, not her “. Shiffrin third (a + 0-84) just because, at his first descent in Cortina, he is still (quickly) learning.
Sofia after a flooded start of the year, took off. Dragging a whole team. The one in Cortina is the third consecutive victory of the blue: the successes of Federica Brignone in the super-G of January 13 in Bad Kleinkirchheim, that of Sofia Goggia the next day downhill in Austria and today’s bis of Bergamo. It did not happen since the 2007/8 season when Denise Karbon forced herself into the giants of Lienz and Spindleruv Mlyn.
Eighteenth podium for Sofia in a career exploded last year with 13 podiums in four different specialties and a giant bronze at the World Cup in St. Moritz. Fourth success in the cup and the desire not to stop any more: “They were a race and an exceptional result, even though I won thanks to the fact that Lindsey was wrong, this must be said, although the races and skiing are so. It was really an easy descent, I made some mistakes myself, a couple of curves I did not spot them, and the visibility was not always perfect, but I had my line on my head and I followed it, always attacking, without look at what the others had done, but relying only on the indications of my coaches and re-examining the track “.
Before getting on the podium, he bows Lindsey, hugs her, congratulates herself. It takes an inheritance. “Fast snow, you could not see well on the ground, I was a bit ‘on the edge in the middle, I’m happy for the red bib leader of the classification of descent, I’ve always dreamed as a child, now I have to stay on the piece. much in the present “. A present filled with the future.
SVINDAL VINCE SUPERG KITZBUEHEL – Norway’s Aksel Svindal, with a time of 1’30 “72, won the World Cup super-G in Kitzbuehel, the third success in this discipline in the Austrian town. / or career success in addition to five world titles, an Olympic gold and two world cups On the second step of the podium went up his countryman Kjetil Jansrud (1’31 “22), on the third the Austrian Matthias Mayer (1 ‘ 31 “28) For Italy the best was Peter Fill, seventh (1’31” 64). Further back is Christof Innerhofer, Dominik Paris, Mattia Casse and Matteo Marsaglia.