Petra Vlhova won her first World Cup race in 2022, the Zagreb slalom, in really bad weather conditions. Mikaela Shiffrin, after giving up the Lienz races due to the positivity to COVID-19, came back to compete, obtaining an excellent second place.
Third place for the Austrian Katharina Liensberger. The American ski star seemed in excellent physical and mental shape, obtaining the 115th individual podium in the Cup, which confirms the leadership in the World Cup with 830 points, ahead of Vlhova with 715 and Sofia Goggia 657.
Mikaela and the positivity Shiffrin announced on her social networks that she tested positive for COVID-19, and that therefore she will miss the Lienz (Austria) races on Tuesday and Wednesday. She said on her social media: "I'm fine but unfortunately I tested positive at Covid.
I respect the protocol and I isolated myself." The American champion who boasts 72 victories in the World Cup. Shiffrin, at the top of the world cup standings with 750 points followed by the blue Sofia Goggia with 635, will spend a few days of quarantine right in Lienz where she had to compete.
A heavy blow for the white circus, after the positivity of Robinson, Liensberger and Gut-Behrami, with the American who is forced to jump, as a great favorite, the giant of tomorrow and Wednesday's slalom on the Schlossberg, where just ten years ago she had obtained his first podium in the World Cup between the narrow posts.
Goggia and Petra Vlhova can begin to reckon, given that it is far from certain that the American will take part, in just over a week, in the first race of 2022, or the Zagreb slalom on January 4, and in the two technical tests scheduled in Maribor on the 8th and 9th of the month.
Sofia Goggia made history also in Lake Louise
Sofia Goggia made history in Lake Louise! After the two downhill victories the Italian also wins the super-G, concluding an epic goal, winning three races on the Canadian track, a goal that was only achieved by the German Katja Seizinger in 1997 and three times by Lindsey Vonn in 2011, 2012 , 2015.
Goggia thus obtained his fourth victory in super-G. Sofia had a perfect race, especially in the key points of the ski slope, between Fishing Net and Fall Away, beating Lara Gut-Behrami by 11/100. Third place for the Austrian Mirjam Puchner at 44/100.
Goggia's words seemed prophetic on the eve of the Super-G, after the two victories: "I didn't expect two results of this kind on the eve, I certainly felt among the candidates for victory but not so much. It is my sixth consecutive downhill victory with the Garmisch's injury in the middle, I am very happy especially because Lake Louise is not a track that suits my characteristics so much, but this year it is a bit more active.
Now the challenge to the supergiant starts, because the real step towards the top is in that discipline, I have already shown in the past that I have won two consecutive descents and then lost myself in super-G like in Val d'isère, St.
Anton and Crans Montana. Let's say it's my new challenge, I'm consolidating my my ability, the gaps trimmed in these two days are many, but I expect the opponents to grow, every race starts from scratch. It was a race held in totally different conditions than on Friday.
The track was fo rse more beautiful because it was well smoothed, but with such visibility it was more difficult to read the ground. In fact, already at the third corner I was unable to pull it well, so much so that I left it on the road a few tenths, then I checked other doors so as not to make mistakes. I was good from half down. "