CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — There have been combined feelings throughout the powerhouse Italian ski staff when Elena Curtoni received a super-G on Sunday whereas Sofia Goggia crashed once more with the Beijing Olympics lower than two weeks away.
For the second victory of her profession in her 230th World Cup race, Curtoni mastered a tough course-set to complete a slim 0.09 seconds forward of Austria’s Tamara Tippler and 0.24 forward of Olympic mixed champion Michelle Gisin.
Total World Cup chief Mikaela Shiffrin took few dangers and positioned sixteenth.
The Italian staff stated Goggia would endure checks for a “suspected left knee sprain” after she did the splits halfway via one other wild run, a day after she overcame a collection of mishaps to win a downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course.
Goggia additionally had a high-speed crash throughout a downhill at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, final weekend. She escaped critical damage in that crash however was banged as much as the purpose that she stated she couldn’t stroll on Monday.
Just like the crash in Austria, Goggia’s newest fall occurred on a bit of the course the place shadows made visibility tough.
Goggia was 0.07 behind Curtoni on the second checkpoint when she made an error and needed to test her skis to remain on track. Moments later, Goggia misplaced management as her skis rattled on the exhausting floor. She ended up doing the splits, was ran into the air and landed on her again earlier than tumbling down the course, via the following gate, ultimately coming to a cease with out hitting the security nets.
After being tended to briefly, Goggia clicked again into her skis and made her manner all the way down to the end underneath her personal energy. However she was visibly discouraged.
“It’s a bittersweet day,” Curtoni stated. “I’m pleased with what I used to be in a position to do in my race and really upset for Sofia.”
Curtoni left her chief’s seat to test on Goggia.
“She was underneath shock,” Curtoni stated.
Goggia missed her residence world championships in Cortina final season after breaking a bone in her proper knee.
If she will keep wholesome, Goggia would be the favourite in each the super-G and downhill on the Beijing Video games, which open Feb. 4.
Curtoni’s earlier victory got here in a downhill in Bansko, Bulgaria, two years in the past. She has been sturdy all season and this marked her third podium end in six super-Gs.
Curtoni excelled on the technical center part of the course the place Goggia and a number of other different skiers had hassle.
“There have been some turns the place I might have completed extra however it was nonetheless a great run on a tough course-set,” Curtoni stated. “I did what I’m able to on the market.”
The final three ladies’s World Cup races have now been received by three completely different Italians: Federica Brignone received a super-G at Altenmarkt adopted by Goggia’s downhill victory on Saturday, then Curtoni.
Italy dominates the super-G standings, that are led by Brignone (377 factors) — who completed fourth Sunday — Curtoni (348) and Goggia (332).
Subsequent up on the ladies’s calendar is a big slalom at Kronplatz in close by San Vigilio di Marebbe on Tuesday. Then one other weekend of pace races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, are the ultimate occasions earlier than the Beijing Video games.
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