Victory on the track named after Karl Schranz in St. Anton
Federica Brignone wins the first of the two women’s World Cup Super-Gs on the track named after Karl Schranz in St. Anton. 10 months after her last victory, the Aosta Valley champion made the difference from the Ice Fall down, on the final bends where La Salle’s carabiniere was simply phenomenal, brushing sumptuous trajectories and gaining several tenths on her opponents until concluding with time of 1’00”21. The holder of the specialty crystal ball thus became the fourth Italian to win this season, after Goggia, Bassino and Curtoni, obtaining the 21st success on the top circuit (the eighth in Super-G), hooking up in the calculation of the total podiums quota 51, alongside the Isolde Kostner monument, thus entering the top 3 all-time.
Two Swiss women joined Brignone on the podium: Joana Haehlen second at 54 cents from Brignone, while the Olympic champion of the specialty Lara Gut-Behrami finished in third place, 66 cents behind. The Ticino-born preceded the French Tessa Worley by 16 cents, then the best of the Austrian Tamara Tippler in fifth place, at 89 cents, preceding the Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel (+ 0”96), the German Kira Weidle (seventh at + 0′ ’97) and our Marta Bassino: from Cuneo, she paid for the lack of visibility and the few references – going down with number 2 -, however showing a solid performance at 1”03 from her teammate.
Among the top 15 also Elena Curtoni, 13th at 1”35, but still with the red bib as leader (now equal to Mowinckel at 140 points) with Suter third at 132 points and Brignone, in comeback, fourth with 129 points. Out instead Sofia Goggia, ahead of Brignone by 44 cents right in the heart of the slope, but then finishing wide in the final stretch, in fresh snow, ending up on the ground without damage.
BRIGNONE – “Twenty-first victory…great revelry!” says Federica Brignone. “It was my second goal of the season after the 50th podium in the World Cup and I’m really satisfied not only with the race but with how I skied, with my attitude and with what I’m doing on skis. I’m happy with how I trusted mid-track onwards, and that’s what satisfies me more than the result, more than the win”.
“I started very determined, I skied not very well before the Ice Fall in which I took a dose and thought I had thrown the race away -adds the 32-year-old from Valle d’Aosta-. From then on I was aggressive, pulling all the curves in the even if the final part was full of corners and pitfalls, but I didn’t try to hold on but to push by going ahead and gaining speed. I took advantage of my giantist qualities, combined with that of a sprinter. Now I have other goals, but my list he has the Italian races and the World Cup in his sights. If I ski like this I can really enjoy myself”.