BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria – Sofia Goggia used what she known as her finest ever downhill run to guide an Italian sweep of the rostrum at a ladies’s World Cup race on Sunday.
Racing from a lowered begin because of fog within the higher a part of the hill, Goggia sped down the bumpy Karnten-Franz Klammer course in gutsy model, beating the sphere by greater than a second.
“I’ve by no means skied so sturdy and constant in my entire life in a downhill,” stated the Italian after touchdown her third profession victory. Final yr, Goggia received each check occasions on the hill for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
“The snow I discovered right here was precisely the identical as in South Korea,” stated Goggia, who timed 1 minute, four.00 seconds to beat Federica Brignone by 1.10 and Nadia Fanchini by 1.35.
“I’m tremendous glad for the rostrum as a result of it is sort of an Italian occasion,” she stated, including that her ideas had been with teammate Elena Fanchini. Nadia’s older sister needed to finish her season to get therapy for a tumor.
“The victory is for me, for Elena, for Italy. We all the time have Elena in our ideas,” Goggia stated.
Tiffany Gauthier of France missed the rostrum by zero.14 to complete fourth for a second straight day, matching her profession finest outcome.
Avoiding the danger of getting injured a month earlier than the Olympics, American standout Lindsey Vonn held again all through in a cautious run and was greater than three seconds off the lead in 27th.
As a consequence of poor snow circumstances, the obligatory coaching run earlier than a downhill was canceled in the previous few days and was held on Sunday morning, two hours earlier than the race.
It was the primary time within the 51-year-history of the World Cup that the Italian group took the highest three spots in a ladies’s downhill.
The outcome got here in the future after Brignone received a super-G on the identical hill. She additionally received an enormous slalom in Lienz two weeks in the past.
“I really like Austrian slopes. More often than not there are troublesome circumstances. I prefer it when it is icy and bumpy,” stated Brignone, who briefly thought of skipping the season due to a persistent groin drawback.
“We did not perceive what it was,” she stated. “We tried various things. It isn’t healed however for now it is below management.”
Recovered from breaking an arm and hurting her backbone in a crash a yr in the past, Fanchini obtained her first podium since successful in La Thuile, Italy, in 2016, which was her second win in an injury-marred profession. She additionally positioned fifth within the super-G.
Goggia praised Fanchini as a result of “she has suffered a lot throughout her profession with all of the accidents however she by no means gave up. Generally a fifth or third place means greater than a victory.”
By way of Brignone as translator, Fanchini stated she by no means thought she would “come again so sturdy” from the damage.
“Emotionally it was a troublesome second for my household,” she stated, referring to Elena’s sickness. “Ending third and fifth right here, that could be a dream.”
In sharp distinction to the aggressive runs by the Italians, Vonn had a disappointing exhibiting.
“I actually had no grip on the ice, felt like I used to be snowboarding on marbles,” stated the American, who positioned ninth in Saturday’s super-G. “This course takes loads of aggression and like actually prepared to threat the whole lot. And I’m simply not prepared to threat the whole lot proper now. I’ve been ready eight years for the Olympics.”
Vonn added she was “not essentially dissatisfied in my outcome because it would not matter proper now. What issues is that I’m wholesome and that I did not finish my season this weekend. In any other case, you already know, let’s simply overlook about the entire weekend.”
The ladies’s World Cup continues with extra pace races in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, subsequent weekend.
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