Sofia Goggia returns to victory: her free climb of Altenmarkt. Third Nicol Delago

The champion from Bergamo, unattainable for her opponents, finished in 1’46″47, 10 hundredths ahead of the Austrian Stephanie Venier

Sofia Goggia returns to victory and wins the Altenmarkt-Zauchensee downhill twenty-four hours later the Super-G ended with a slip. Italian women’s skiing experiences another historic day, with two athletes on the downhill podium. Sofia Goggia gets victory number 24 of her career (eighteenth down) and joins Federica Brignone and Gustav Thoeni in the all-time ranking of the most successful Italians.

The champion from Bergamo is very precise in the key passages of the Austrian track, composed on the jumps, and manages to always maintain a very high speed, unattainable for her opponents. His final time is 1’46″4710 cents before the Austrian Stephanie Venier and 34 cents better than the pair made up of Nicol Delago and Mirjam Puchner, in third place. For Delago it is the fourth podium of his career, but above all the certification of the newfound competitiveness for the sprinter from Gardena.

“I’m happy to have won, on this track I have statistics that aren’t worthy of a podium, I have many crashes… The night was difficult. The fall in yesterday’s super-G wasn’t much, but it left a big mark on me. Today I managed to do my part up high and in the woods I managed to ski well, without even using all my horses. The bib for the descent is confirmed, but the girls behind me are close and everything is very open. Tomorrow there will be a new battle and I hope it goes to an Italian”, the words of Sofia Goggia after the success.

The race

For Goggia it is a success that, in her specialty, has been missing since February 26, 2023, in Crans-Montana. Sofia played Kalberloch to perfection, where she had never won in her career, gaining a lot especially in the central part. The race was spoiled, however, by some errors for Federica Brignone, who was 1″39 behind her teammate, outside the top ten and preceded by Laura Pirovano, with a delay of 1″26. They finished thirteenth and fourteenth. Nadia Delago takes 2 seconds from the leader, Monica Zanoner 3″10, while Marta Bassino makes a bad mistake in the upper part of the track and accumulates over 4 seconds of disadvantage. Goggia maintains the red bib of the discipline with 230 points, ahead of Flury with 137 and Puchner with 131. In the general Brignone recovers more points from Mikaela Shiffrin (absent) and moves to -164 from the leader. On Sunday, the Austrian race program will end with the second super-G, with a scheduled start at 11am.

Delago: “I came back after 4 years”

“It hasn’t been an easy period for me, four years have passed since I made the last podium and now I’m back, and my legs are shaking. I think the path taken is the right one and I believe my sister will return too. For me this podium has a great meaning. I want to dedicate it to everyone who was close to me, because it is never something to be taken for granted,” he said Nicol Delago after third place.

“I got everything a bit wrong. I started making mistakes from the fourth corner and then continued. This morning I said that I shouldn’t overdo it, but that’s exactly the mistake I made: I wanted too much and I threw the race away. It makes me angry because I’m skiing well at speed and today instead I gained too much of a gap”, added Federica Brignone. While Laura Pirovano explained: “I hoped to do something better, but it was a race in which every little mistake was paid dearly. Overall, however, it wasn’t a bad race.”