Ski, still a podium: Schnarf second in the Super-G

For the 33-year-old girl from Bressanone, who became Mrs. Berger last summer, is the second career podium after the place of honor in the 2010 descent of Crans Montana

 The blue ski girls continue to give satisfaction to Italy, filling the next Olympic challenge with hope, while the performances of their male colleagues in the technical disciplines remain modesty. In Cortina d’Ampezzo, after the exploits of Sofia Goggia in the free on Friday, today it was the South Tyrolean Johanna Schnarf who won a great second place in the Super G won by the Swiss Lara Gut. For the 33-year-old from Bressanone, who got married last summer, she is the second podium in her career after the free title of Crans Montana in 2010. But, above all, Johanna’s podium arrived while the two spearheads of the team did not they went to the target, a clear sign that there is still a collective that works. Goggia was still the victim of a bad crash that he threw out as already in the descent on Saturday. Federica Birignone, affected by flu with fever, did not compete. But at this point Schnarf jumped to the forefront, which won the second place just 14 cents from the Swiss Gut – 26 years and 24 victories in the world cup -, keeping behind the Austrian Nicole Schmiedhofer. The trial on the Tofane was disturbed by the high altitude wind. The start of the super-G had been lowered by a couple of hundred meters and the race was also closed early. In addition it was a superG different from the usual very stringy. The Austrian technician Roland Assinger has in fact alternated long doors with narrow doors, putting in difficulty many athletes. The US champion Lindsey Vonn, just to say, closed only sixth on one of the tracks she prefers in the world. La Goggia – a dented and painful match after the downhill slide – evoked even ‘demons inside’ after this new release. But she also said she was sure to come to terms with it because it is a “real challenge”, especially with herself.

MEN – In Kitzbuehel, on the other hand, a heavy snowfall dominated. The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen was the winner of the new Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Austrian Right, Heinz Christian Strache, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is his 16th success, the more welcome to have been at the home of World Cup dominator Marcel Hirscher finished second. For Italy, however, another race was decidedly subdued: it seems impossible, but the blue slalomists can not do two consecutive high-level runs. So Manfred Moelgg was the best but had to settle for a ninth place, while Stefano Gross, who was also sixth after the first descent, closed eleventh. The large flakes that fell on the track in the second run may have affected, but Kristoffersen and Hirscher skied as if it were sunny. There is work for the blue technicians ahead of the choices for Pyeongchang. The women’s world cup continues in Italy and moves to San Vigilio di Marebbe (Bolzano) where a giant slalom is scheduled on Tuesday. Last year he won Brignone and the Piedmontese Marta Bassino came third: it is therefore legitimate to imagine a new positive day. All this even if Goggia is still uncertain about competing or resting with a little break. The men’s cup instead goes to Schladming, also in Austria, for the classic night slalom on Tuesday. Hirscher looks for a ready redemption and the Azzurri some even minimal satisfaction.

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