Sofia Goggia: "Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite for 2021"



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Sofia Goggia: "Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite for 2021"

Sofia Goggia, star of international skiing, talked about several topics during an interview. She also said that she thought about retiring, because she could no longer feel good about skiing: "I thought about retiring: I could no longer derive joy from skiing.

It seems a paradox given the period, but I was no longer able to derive joy and I thought about retiring. When you work, the rest works, but when you don't go well, the rest comes in cascade. The important thing is to be able to start again, taking experience from what you have experienced.

It has been a particularly difficult season, because so many things they have not gone, starting with me. I am preparing the new one, I am thinking of nothing but improving myself. I want to go back to smiling on the snow and not to live for the snow."

Sofia's season was certainly not exciting, with the victory in the Super G of Saint Moritz the only sharp one of a year to forget. This is the confession of Sofia Goggia, downhill Olympic champion in Pyeongchang 2018, winner of the downhill World Cup in 2018 and two world medals.

Sofia Goggia experienced the Covid-19 emergency months that hit her city, Bergamo, in Lombardy, Italy very closely: "Here the situation was tragic. When the lockdown was triggered I was at the sea and seeing the empty streets and full of tension it made a lot of impression.

I didn't see my parents, I brought them the shopping and I was two meters away. It was a good year for Italian skiing thanks to Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino. 2021? I don't know as it will be, there will perhaps be fewer stages and therefore it will be necessary to be ready, making little mistake.

The favorite? Shiffrin can adapt like no other. She is not unbeatable, but she is the most constant."

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will not be postponed

At the end of May, Italy had asked for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to be moved to 2022 to avoid the risks of the global pandemic.

Therefore the Cortina World Ski Championships will be held from 9 to 21 February 2021, as initially planned, and not in 2022, the date assumed during the emergency. The decision came from the board of the international federation, which also undertook to guarantee 10 million Swiss francs in the event of cancellation due to a possible return of the pandemic.

"The ISF (International Ski Federation) has decided to financially support the Italian Federation for a maximum of 10 million Swiss francs, in case of cancellation of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships for a come back of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

It is a form of guarantee that the Federation wanted to give Italy, hoping that there is no need and that the World Cup will take place regularly. We are very happy for the solution found for the 2021 World Championships in Cortina and that the races can remain on the original dates. The World Cup will be the main event of the season, "said Gian Franco Kasper, president of the ISF.