For Federica Brignone, the only Italian to have won the major world cup, success number 22 in her formidable career also arrived.
In fact, Federica won in 2.14.95 in the first giant slalom of the World Cup in Mont Tremblant, a long but too flat track on which it was above all necessary to push lightly and quickly without ever making mistakes, making her debut this season in the circuit of white circus. And with 22 victories Federica catches up with Sofia Goggia in the all-blue competition to be the most successful Italian skier.
In the lead after the first run with perfect skiing, Federica kept up great in the second run without letting her emotion betray her as had happened in the first giant slalom of the season in Soelden. Even then she was in the lead after the first heat but in the second she gave up leaving the victory to the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami by just two hundredths. None of this however in Mont Tremblant, with a ‘rocky’ Brignone that left behind the Slovakian Petra Vlhova, second in 2.15.16 and the American champion Mikaela Shiffrin, third in 2.15.24. For Italy there was then a great team performance with a very good Marta Bassino 6th in 2.15.99 and an excellent Sofia Goggia 7th in 2.16.57. Sofia now seems to have returned to the levels that allowed her the world championship bronze in St. Moritz, even in the giant slalom.
She has remarkable flexibility and agility which will also be very useful in ‘her’ descents. Further back in the rankings was Roberta Melesi from Lombardy, 18th in 2.18.11, while Elisa Platino from Merano finished out after being 30th at the end of the first heat.
The general World Cup ranking sees Shiffrin in command with 410 points ahead of Vlhova with 364 and Hector with 274, Brignone is fifth with 220. In the specialty ranking Lara Gut-Behrami with 245 points precedes Brignone with 220. Tomorrow on the track Quebec another giant slalom and another great opportunity for Federica and her teammates.
Meanwhile in Beaver Creek, Colorado, the men will be engaged in their first super-G. Advice more than ever obligatory given that the two descents scheduled in Colorado were cancelled, reaching an incredible negative record this season: six races on the calendar and only one contested, the Gurgl special slalom. It’s all the fault of terrible weather with lots of snow combined with a strong wind.
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