Cortina World Cup, women’s combined: Shiffrin gold, out of Brignone

The race of Faith lasts only three doors, betrayed by the ice of Rumerlo. On the podium Vlhova and Gisin. For the American it is the sixth world gold, the first in the specialty

From our correspondent Paolo Marabini

February 15
– Cortina d’Ampezzo (Bl)

Federica Brignone’s dream of giving Italy the first medal at the Cortina World Cup lasted two seconds. In the combined, the Aosta Valley, in the lead after the super-G with a 1/100 advantage over the other Italian athlete Elena Curtoni and with 6/100 over the American Mikaela Shiffrin, derailed at the third goal of the decisive slalom, throwing a great opportunity to the winds, even if then it would not have been easy to line up the pure slalomists who, after the super-G, had still come very close to her.

Royal podium

The gold in the end goes to Shiffrin, who puts behind her all-time rival, the Slovak Petra Vlhova (seventh at the halfway point and already silver two years ago), who finished at 86/100, and the 2018 Olympic champion, the Swiss Michelle Gisin, behind 89/100 in the final classification. Fourth at 2 ”35 ends up Elena Curtoni, who is not really a slalomist and gets an unexpected result, thanks also to the exit of several opponents, as well as to an intelligent defensive race. Also worthy of the performance of Marta Bassino, sixth in the final classification (at 3 ”54) after 12th place in super-G. Out in slalom like the Brignone, at the same door, the Swiss Wendy Holdener, world champion in the last two editions, but called to an almost impossible comeback because of the 91/100 accused after the super-G by Shiffrin.

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Speak Faith

The disappointment is very strong, even if it would not have been easy to hold the comparison with three doc slalomists such as Mikaela Shiffrin, Petra Vlhova and Michelle Gisin. Federica Brignone’s examination is eloquent: “The slalom was more difficult than I thought and I started too aggressive, thinking it was easier” declared the Aosta Valley, who had set the best time after the super-G. “I tried to push straight away, but maybe those first three goals were to be held a little longer and I really started to do my best and I can’t complain. Being out at the third door makes me turn, there is to be angry, it’s a real shame because I was skiing hard in slalom and I felt good, then an ice like this is something I like. I still have three races to do (parallel, giant and slalom; ed) and I’ll try ”.

Nine medals

Mikaela’s race was amazing, impeccable in the super-G and clearly superior among the tight posts, of which he is the undisputed queen. For the 25-year-old native of Vail (Colorado), she is the ninth medal at the World Championships, the sixth gold, after the 4 consecutive victories in slalom in the last 4 editions and the super-G won at Are 2019, to which must be added a silver in giant in St. Moritz 2017 and two bronzes, in giant two years ago and in super-G on the opening day of these World Championships. A booty that is added to the three Olympic medals (2 gold and one silver, just in combined, at PyeongChang 2018), to the three absolute World Cups and to the 8 specialties, with 68 stage victories. Expected now also in giant and slalom, Shiffrin becomes the fourth most titled woman at the World Championships, behind the pioneers Christl Cranz (12 golds for the German) and Marielle Goitschel (7 for the French) and the Swedish Anja Paerson (7 ).

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