Italy’s Sofia Goggia nailed what she considered was “the best” super-G performance of her life on Sunday at Val d’Isere to seal a World Cup weekend double after taking the downhill at the French ski resort 24 hours earlier.
The 29-year-old Olympic downhill champion has been in superb form in the past few weeks and now sits atop the World Cup overall standings on 635 points, 65 ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin, who came fifth.
“I believe that was the best super-G performance of my career,” Goggia said. “I managed to build up speed at the fundamental moments. I stayed calm, was fluid from top to bottom and never slowed down.”
Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel finished second, 0.33sec off the pace, with Elena Curtoni of Italy rounding out the podium.
Mowinckel was full of praise for Goggia who is enjoying a barnstorming patch after also winning all three races at Lake Louise more than two weeks ago.
“She is skiing so amazingly at the moment, she’s on fire. It’s inspirational to see and the rest of us need to do much better,” said the Norwegian who missed last season with a knee injury.
Next up on the World Cup circuit are two giant slaloms in the French Alps, giving Shiffrin the chance to displace Goggia in the lead for the race for the big crystal globe.
“Maybe my chances were not the highest here because of my lack of experience, but all in all I actually think I did an OK job with that,” said Shiffrin who skipped Saturday’s race.
“For sure it could be a bit faster but it makes me optimistic for the next races” added the three-time winner of the overall title.
One of Goggia’s main rivals, Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami was absent from Val d’Isere due to testing positive for Covid-19.
The 30-year-old will also miss two Shiffrin-favoured technical races at Courchevel.