Sofia and Mikaela in St. Moritz

by Alain Chivilò

 

The 2023-24 Ski World Cup arrives in Europe and the fast races begin. Italian Sofia Goggia finally enters her own territory and the atmosphere immediately becomes spicy.

Switzerland, St. Moritz, San Maurizio, Sankt Moritz, in a three-day event divided in two Super Gs and Downhill, which became two due to bad weather conditions with Super G and Downhill.

Sofia Goggia is proving to be the only woman with a superior gear in the fast disciplines. The last few seasons have highlighted in Sofia a technical superiority, ski handling and unique talent, at times almost embarrassing for the opponents. Unfortunately, some adversity and a less than positive situation, given by the fate of the moment rather than other factors, stopped her from running for the overall Crystal Globe, having already won the discipline ones. This is still missing but, the versatile and constant opponents are always present. After the Milano-Cortina 2026 Olympic Games it will be essential to continue.

Mikaela Shiffrin is the record-breaking woman in world skiing. In statistics: at the 14th season, 91 victories surpassing Lindsey Vonn (82) in the women’s category and Ingemar Stenmark (86) in the men’s, 144 podiums, ten discipline titles and 5 overall Crystal Globes, one from Annemarie Moser-Pröll leading with six. Could Norway stop Mikaela, after 2026, having won everything with a wedding? If she will continue, would she still find motivation to set further records?

8/12/2023 St. Moritz, Super G

With hard authority Sofia Goggia, who tames and manages the Swiss ski run and the weather conditions, valid for all athletes, not favourable. Effective skiing by carefully reading the slopes in the different sectors.

+0.95 Cornelia Huetter who is showing her technical qualities again after some injuries, +1.02 Lara Gut-Behrami for a season that began with her usual determination. Beyond the podium, Mikaela Shiffrin 4th, Federica Brignone 5th, Stephanie Venier 6th, Marta Bassino 7th.

9/12/2023 St. Moritz, Downhill

The podium in 0.17. Balanced and tough race with minimal details to make the difference in the final result. Mikaela Shiffrin wins, perhaps surprisingly, on the slope friendly to Italy.

+0.15 Sofia Goggia, +0.17 Federica Brignone. Beyond the podium Cornelia Huetter 4th, Mirjam Puchner 5th, Marta Bassino 10th, which sees fifteen athletes enclosed in +1.02

If men still have to get going due to bad weather, a four-women World Cup is expecting: Sofia Goggia, Federica Brignone, Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin who, if she maintains this performance also on the fast races, will be able to reach this year already the historic Moser-Pröll in the overall Crystal Globe.

 

©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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