Goggia crash overshadows Super G in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Kira Weidle hit her black crash helmet with her right fist. When she returned to her silver World Championships course in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the best German downhill skier was a long way from her medal form from last year.

Tenth place in the wild ski show of Olympic favorite Sofia Goggia from Italy was solid – but not what Weidle had hoped for.

“It was a wind lottery, but the same for everyone,” said Weidle about the conditions, which is why the route was also greatly shortened. “Just because I skied well last year,” added the Vice World Champion, “doesn’t mean that I’m going to ski well this year.” Things went better on Sunday in Super-G: When Elena Curtoni from Italy won, she finished twelfth – it’s the best World Cup result in her secondary discipline.

Goggia caused the big drama this weekend. On Saturday, the Olympic champion celebrated her sixth success of the season and her fourth in the downhill, but the day after her “most beautiful World Cup victory” she once again paid for her all-or-nothing skiing style: she fell badly and injured herself all over the place Apparently heavy on the left knee. And that two weeks before the Olympics.

Goggia had crashed in Zauchensee a week earlier – and was also close to a crash on Saturday. The Speed ​​Queen skied far off the track twice and after a moment of shock on just one ski – and was still 0.20 seconds faster than Ramona Siebenhofer from Austria in second place. “It was a wild ride,” reported the Italian. On Sunday it was too wild.

For the women it’s off to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the dress rehearsal for Beijing with Downhill and Super-G on Saturday and Sunday. “Of course you hope for a good result so that you can go to the Olympics with a good feeling,” said Weidle, but at the same time emphasized: “I’m confident.” That doesn’t seem to apply to Goggia: she left the finish area in Cortina supported by two supervisors.


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