The Italian queen of downhill Sofia Goggia he did it again.
The 30-year-old recorded her fourth win in five downhill World Cup races this season, taking a brave, strong race in Cortina d’Ampezzo in somewhat poor visibility on Friday (January 20).
Goggia, who won both downhills in Lake Louise, finished second in the first downhill in St. Moritz with broken fingers and then came back to win a second race after overnight surgery, she was aggressive on the descent from the famous Olympia delle Tofane.
The seventh downhill 2018 Olympic champion came home in 1:33.47, 0.13 seconds faster than her next opponent Ilka Stuhec Slovenia.
German Kira Weidle he is third with a time of 1:33.83 while the American Mikaela Shiffrin – in search of her 83rd World Cup win and breaking the women’s record – is fourth.
For a moment, Shiffrin looked like she could knock Goggia out of the leader’s seat as she drove the fastest opening sector and kept her nose in front for half of it.
But the clip on the 27-year-old’s right ski came loose, possibly affecting Shiffrin’s racing plans as she finished half a second behind Goggia.
Reigning Olympic champion Corinne Suter suffered a serious crash in the final sector but was able to get up and reach the bottom of the mountain.
Visibility started to improve for skiers in the 20s and up, leading to some quicker starts, although no one was able to overtake Goggia – the Italian’s incredibly fast fourth sector made the difference.
With the win, Goggia now has a lead of 208 points over Stuhec and the Italian 480. Shiffrin gains 50 points in the overall standings over Petra Vlhova, who did not race on Friday.