The blue is experiencing another splendid season. The physical shape is excellent, the result of hard summer work, but it is above all in the head that he seems to have made the leap in quality
Sofia Goggia’s numbers tell better than anything else about the character and her current dominance in the Ski World Cup. Let’s start with his favorite, number 5: it is that of the bib worn when he won Olympic gold in 2018 in South Korea which brought him luck even two weeks ago in the brace scored at Lake Louise in Canada. Then there is the 7, the consecutive victories in descent, a specialty where this twenty-nine year old girl from Bergamo is becoming unbeatable. We continue with 15, the overall successes in the Cup. And we end up with 3 because today the blue is the leader in as many rankings: the general, downhill and super-G rankings. There is enough to affirm that the national Sofia is experiencing another season of grace.
The physical shape is excellent, the result of the hard work done during the summer. But it is above all in the head that Goggia seems to have made an important qualitative leap. Today his conviction has reached the highest levels. She is perfectly aware that she is absolutely the strongest when the skis have to go fast. None of the opponents have the ability and even less the courage to be able to counter it. Descent is his kingdom, the super-G is becoming. The two specialty cups are easily within reach. And this would already be an exceptional result at the end of the season. But, needless to hide it, he cultivates two wishes in his heart: the general World Cup and an encore at the Beijing Olympics next February.
The next steps
Both objectives are achievable, but with certainly different difficulties. That of the Games is a result that the blue can and, we add, must bring home, especially downhill. It is true, in the dry race anything can happen but Sofia hardly misses the decisive appointment. In the Chinese mountains, unknown to most, he will find a track similar to the “panettone” of Pyeongchang 2018 where he took a historic triumph for Italian skiing. Different, however, is the speech of the general World Cup which has so far won only one Italian, Federica Brignone in 2020. Here other factors take over, first of all that of versatility. It is not enough, in fact, to be dominatrix on the fast to aim for the throne of absolute queen. Understanding this is easy, just take a look at the calendar. After this morning’s super-G in Val d’Isere there will be eight between slalom and giants, Mikaela Shiffrin’s favorite specialties, who will thus have the opportunity to accelerate to the top of the standings. Sofia can only rely on the help of Marta Bassino and Federica Brignone, who in giant are able to steal points from the American champion. We will see how the abacus will turn. In the meantime, we wouldn’t mind getting used to these fantastic downhill streak wins. And we are sure that Sofia has already raised the bar: she will try to win them all to enter the legend.
December 19, 2021 (change December 19, 2021 | 09:56)
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The numbers of Goggia and the desires in her heart