Petra Vlhova, winner of the 2020-21 Ski World Cup, has chosen Mauro Pini as a coach for the Beijing 2022 Games. The Slovak skier leaved some weeks ago her former coach Livio Magoni. Pini said: "For the moment we have agreed for a year but with the intention of looking forward to the next Olympic cycle."
In the past, in addition to the Swiss national team, Pini has coached Maria José Rienda Contreras, Lara Gut-Behrami and Tina Maze. Five years ago there had been contact between Vlhova and Pini, then the Slovakian had made an agreement with the Italian coach Livio Magoni.
A partnership interrupted in recent weeks, the day after the triumph in the General Cup, the first of a Slovak athlete.
Mikaela Shiffrin's last post
In a long post published on Facebook, the American skier Mikaela Shiffrin expressed her opinion on the season, made up of ups and downs, victories and disappointments, which culminated after a 2020 full of personal problems and pains.
Shiffrin wrote: "Beyond my wildest dreams ... it's hard to put into words how special this season was to me. Thank you to my family, team, sponsors and fans for your support and for believing in me, especially in the moments when I didn’t believe in myself.
Thank you to my mom and my team for their tireless work, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team and FIS Alpine World Cup Tour for making the seemingly impossible (a World Cup season from start to finish during a pandemic) happen ...
and thank you to my teammates and competitors for your ever-inspiring skiing. Speaking of, Alice Robinson - that second run was on fire yesterday. And congrats Marta Bassino on the much-deserved GS globe! Alright, now that this season is all wrapped up with a bow ...
I guess it’s about time to start next season, huh?" Among the top athletes of the US national team of the 2010s, she is a specialist in technical disciplines, but has proved to be competitive even in fast ones, so much so that she is among the seven female skiers - with Petra Kronberger, Pernilla Wiberg, Janica Kostelić, Anja Pärson , Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze - able to win in all five specialties and the only one able to do it in six, with parallel slalom.
She holds two Olympic titles (special slalom in Sochi 2014 and giant slalom in Pyeongchang 2018) and six world championships (special slalom in Schladming 2013, in Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 and in Sankt Moritz 2017 supergiant and special slalom in Åre 2019 and combined in Cortina d 'Ampezzo 2021); in her palmarès she also boasts three general World Cups, a supergiant World Cup, a giant slalom World Cup and six special slalom World Cups.
At the World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo 2021 he won a medal in each of the four races he took part in: gold in the combined, silver in the giant slalom and bronze in the supergiant and special slalom. In the World Cup you closed that 2020-2021 season in 4th place in the general classification and in 2nd place both in the giant slalom and in the special slalom, surpassed by the winners Marta Bassino and Katharina Liensberger respectively by 126 and 35 points ; her seasonal podiums were 10, with 3 victories.