Stratospheric Sofia Goggia: historic gold in the downhill, ninth Italian medal at the Games
- Published: 21 February 2018
Women’s alpine skiing bows to super Sofia, who becomes the first Italian Olympic jet-propelled woman, transforming a dream into shining gold. Goggia won the downhill race at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, giving Italy its ninth medal and thus bettering the number of medals bagged in Sochi 2014. This was Italy’s third gold medal in these Games. A fantastic run, a perfect mix of technique, power and speed that brought the most credited rivals to their knees thanks to an impressive progression that took her across the finish line in 1'39"22. Behind her came the Norwegian, Ragnhild Mowinckel (+0.09) and her US friend and rival, Lindsey Vonn (+0.47).
Sofia created an extraordinary victory for herself by giving voice to her ability to exorcise risks without ever losing control, transforming emotions into a whirlwind of fierce determination and unrivalled ambition - well aware of her ability and strength. The gold smiles like her, mirrored in the Italian flag, which once again hovers high above the others. She is the fastest skier of the white circus. Sixteen years after Daniela Ceccarelli (1st in the SuperG at Salt Lake 2002) and eight years after Giuliano Razzoli (1st in the Slalom at Vancouver 2010), Italian alpine skiing is back on the highest step of the Olympic podium: Sofia leaves a mark on history, becoming the first Italian skier to win the downhill race at the Games. The special taste of a unique triumph.