Goggia takes super-G for 5th win in 17 days; Shiffrin 5th

Dec 18, 2021, 1:50 PM | Updated: Dec 19, 2021, 4:52 am
Italy's Sofia Goggia celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-...

Italy's Sofia Goggia celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G race in Val D'Isere, France, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Giovanni Pizzato)

(AP Photo/Giovanni Pizzato)

VAL d’ISÈRE, France (AP) — Sofia Goggia has been unbeaten in downhill for an entire year. Now the Olympic champion from Italy is starting to dominate in super-G, too.

Goggia won the last women’s World Cup super-G of the calendar year Sunday, a day after she triumphed in her seventh straight downhill.

Sunday’s result made her the only skier with multiple super-G wins this season.

“It’s two different challenges,” the Italian said about the speed disciplines.

“Because in downhill, you have to confirm every time that you are there. In super-G, I really feel like I’m not the strongest and I really have to create a lovely race.”

Goggia certainly created some lovely skiing on Sunday.

On a crisp clear day in the French Alps, Goggia wasn’t the fastest starter but mastered the tricky middle section of the O.K. course to beat Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.33 of a second.

Italian teammates Elena Curtoni and Federica Brignone were third and fourth, respectively, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin, who finished 0.75 off the lead in fifth.

“This was the best super-G of my career. I stayed calm, was fluid from top to bottom and never slowed down,” Goggia said.

It was the fifth win in 17 days for Goggia, who raised her career tally to 16 wins, one short of the Italian record held by Brignone, the 2020 overall champion.

Goggia increased her lead over Shiffrin in the overall standings to 65 points. The American initially planned to sit out the race and only decided last Wednesday to compete.

Sunday’s race was the last speed event until mid-January. Next up are eight technical races, where Shiffrin usually scores more points than Goggia.

“Super-G is always tricky. You never know the speed, the lines, the tactics,” Goggia said.

In super-G, skiers get to inspect a course before the start but, contrary to downhill, they don’t get training runs in the buildup to a race.

Goggia’s coach, Gianluca Rulfi, said after Saturday’s downhill victory that she skis “cleaner” now and “makes fewer errors and takes fewer risks.”

According to Goggia, she could have taken more risks on Sunday.

“I felt like in the upper part, I was really precise and smooth, but I kept too many lines. I could have skied more straight,” she said.

Goggia won the race on the middle part, where she gained around half a second on her main challengers for the win, including Brignone, who had won the previous super-G, in St. Moritz a week ago.

While officially still part of the Italian team, Brignone this season has been working separately more often with her brother and coach, Davide.

“We know that united we’re stronger. My relationship with Federica has improved over the last few months and it’s great to share these results with her and Elena,” said Goggia, adding she dedicated her victory to Italian great Alberto Tomba, who turned 55 Sunday.

Mowickel, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in 2018, earned her first podium in nearly three years, having worked her way back from a severe knee injury.

The Norwegian started 19th and prevented an Italian sweep of the podium, as Curtoni and Brignone were still ranked second and third before the Norwegian’s run.

“I felt like myself again, to go and attack it and ski clean, and as clean as I can,” said Mowinckel.

“It’s been a bumpy ride all together but I am very happy to be here here again. I am back.”

Shiffrin’s teammate Breezy Johnson, coming off a third place in Saturday’s downhill, finished 1.09 off the lead in ninth.

World champion Lara Gut-Behrami, the only skier other than Goggia or Brignone to win a super-G this season, missed the race weekend after testing positive for COVID-19. The Swiss former overall champion will also sit out two giant slaloms in nearby Courchevel on Tuesday and Wednesday.


More AP skiing: https://apnews.com/hub/skiing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Men weep as they offer prayer outside Kanjuruhan Stadium where a soccer stampede killed more than 1...
Associated Press

Indonesian leader says locked gates contributed to deaths

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday that locked gates had contributed to the crush at the soccer stadium that left 131 dead and over 400 injured when police fired tear gas and set off a panicked run for the exits. Widodo made the statement after touring the Kanjuruhan soccer stadium […]
1 day ago
Fans reach for a foul ball by New York Yankees' Aaron Judge during the second inning in the second ...
Associated Press

Fan who caught Judge’s 62nd HR unsure what he’ll do with it

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — As he walked through a concourse in the outfield at Globe Life Field, high-fiving with fans and surrounded by a sea of cameras, it was almost as if Cory Youmans had hit a huge home run. Instead, he hit the jackpot. Youmans made the catch of a lifetime Tuesday night, snagging […]
1 day ago
Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase celebrates a 5-3 win against the Kansas City Roya...
Associated Press

MLB playoff picture all set, best-of-3 matchups start Friday

Albert Pujols taking his final swings in October, Julio Rodríguez stepping in for the first time. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom facing Manny Machado and Juan Soto. Bryce Harper, back at last. José Ramírez and his Cleveland teammates trying to break a long drought — with a new name. And Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts and […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Ukraine basketball players find homes at Canadian college

The squeak of their shoes and the thump of the ball on the court feels blessedly normal for Vika Kovalevska and Vlada Hozalova. Basketball provides a brief sanctuary from the ceaseless undercurrent of tension they feel about what’s happening at home in Ukraine. The game also helps ground them in their new life in southern […]
1 day ago
This photo provided by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne shows Sophie Hernandez compet...
Associated Press

Olympic pentathlon eyes ‘Ninja Warrior’ courses for survival

The path to saving modern pentathlon from Olympic removal may just be filled with obstacles. As in, ring swings, rope mazes, balance beams and warped walls. Imagine an “American Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course set up in the middle of the Coliseum for the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Games. That sort of scene could rescue […]
1 day ago
Umpires look toward the sky after a drone was seen above the field during the third inning of a bas...
Associated Press

Rockies beat Dodgers 5-2 after Urias departs in last start

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julio Urias made his final tune-up for the postseason and case for the Cy Young Award a solid one, though the Colorado Rockies went ahead after he left and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Tuesday night. Urias pitched five innings and allowed two runs — both on solo homers. […]
1 day ago
Goggia takes super-G for 5th win in 17 days; Shiffrin 5th