Sofia Goggia triumphs in Val d'Isere!

by   |  VIEW 213

Sofia Goggia triumphs in Val d'Isere!

Sofia Goggia came back to victory. Starting with the number 3, she had been perfect. She said: "When I reached the finish line, I didn't think it would be enough. I skied technically better, but there is no comparison with the desire and attitude I had put on the track yesterday."

No one was able to improve her 1’44 "70 and undermine her from the corner of the leader: Suter stopped at 24/100, Johnson at 29 cents. Fourth was the Norwegian Lie (33/100), who frightened Goggia with a race leading up to two thirds of the descent.

For Sofia it is the eighth World Cup success in her career. At the top of the table remains Petra Vlhova, today far from the best. Meanwhile Aleksander Kilde is the new king of Saslong. After Friday's triumph in super-G, the Norwegian also takes the descent, for a brace that was only managed by Aksel Lund Svindal in 2015.

The World Cup holder closes in 2'01 "45, ahead of American Ryan Cochran-Siegle, on the first podium in his career, and 54/100 the Swiss Beat Feuz. Val Gardena continues to be the kingdom of the Norwegians. With that of today they make 11 victories in the last 17 races held in Santa Cristina.

For Kilde it is the sixth career victory, the third over Saslong. With today's 100 points he is back in the lead of the World Cup with 335 points, ahead of the Swiss Odermatt (290) and the French Pinturault (276) who were not at the start and who will return on Sunday to the giant Alta Badia.

As expected, the descent was dominated by the Attacking Viking and the Americans, very comfortable in such aggressive snow. In fact, Bennett placed fourth, tied with Kjetil Jansrud, at 62/100, while Jared Goldberg finished sixth with bib 25 at 72/100.

Mikaela Shiffrin is super in the giant of Courchevel!

The American came back to the victory after a harsh time for her. After the wins she released the tears and the emotions: mayby the bad months are behind. Federica Brignone was second.

Third was the French Tessa Worley at 1 "20, fourth the Swiss Michelle Gisin at 1" 2 ’. Brignone that leaps to the top of the specialtyranking 205 points on Bassino at 200 and on Shiffrin at 150. In the general ranking, the Slovakian Vhlova leads out in the first heat with 42o points, on Shiffrin at 275 and Bassino.

Marta Bassino got second wins in a row, this time in the giant of Courchevel. The Italian won a second title after first race of the season in Soelden, ahead of Petra Vlhova, the ruler of this first part of the season. Petra, in the second descent of the challenge was no able to skie like Bassino.

The Italian won in 2'19 "03, with a 46/100 advantage over the Swedish Hector and 59/100 over Petra Vlhova. For Bassino it is the third success in her career which earned her second place in the general classification at 162 points behind Vlhova.

She said: "Today was a difficult day, and it was difficult to do a race without errors. What made the difference was the attitude. I went to attack and that was the winning attitude. Tomorrow there is another giant, I hope it will get some sun and I will try to do two more good heats."

Marta Bassino, winner of the giant, said "I take today's one as a recovery day, we were all leaving to do the reconnaissance and out of nowhere they told us the race canceled we will recover it tomorrow." Mikaela Shiffrin talked in a podcast of her season goals and her life.

The American said: "With only 20 days of training I showed up at the start of Levi, in slalom, and 20 days is not enough to start the season. The back injury suffered in Soelden then complicated the plans, which is why I decided to give priority to technical disciplines, at least at this time.

I look at the calendar, check my form and see what I can do following my current level of competitiveness. In speed I have not yet trained after the super-G in Bansko, last January 26th. At the moment, I prefer to race where I can be competitive, I hope to get back to speed by the end of the season.

The overall World Cup? It is not for me this year. I work on what can bring me satisfaction at the moment. Michelle Gisin? You can win the overall standings, absolutely. She is always a positive girl, a hard worker, one of the few I stop to talk to during the reconnaissance, because she is always interesting.

Yes, my life has completely changed. I don't feel anger, just a different feeling than before. Certainly more sadness. And regret. But I always feel lucky to be here, to do what I like best, especially in health. Every day is almost like starting over.

Courchevel? I don't know what to expect, really, even if the training at Reiteralm went well and with me was the Dutchman Jelinkova, a very strong athlete, very competitive and extremely professional. It was a good workout for both of us.

At the moment I am traveling with fewer pairs of skis than in the past, 5 in slalom and 5 in giant, when I usually had at least a dozen per discipline. But in Austria I was able to test a lot, between giant and slalom, which I hadn't done before."