The two Super-Gs in St. Moritz on Saturday (10.30 am) and Sunday (10.30 am, both live on ORF1 and in the livestream) “wobbled” for a short time due to coronavirus reasons, but in the end there was the green light for the next two speeds -Races in the World Cup. Downhill Olympic champion Goggia has already had an impressive streak of success despite her injury last January and now wants to go even further.
If she wins both Super-Gs in Switzerland after her triple in Canada, she would be the first to win the first five speed races of the season since Katja Seizinger in 1997/98 (six wins in a row). For Goggia, however, bad memories are also awakened in St. Moritz. A serious mistake in the final section cost the Italian at the 2017 World Cup the downhill gold that was already believed to be safe. Bronze in the giant slalom just a few days later was little consolation for her.
Two women’s Super Gs in Sankt Moritz
For the alpine women, the World Cup will go to St. Moritz in Switzerland. After two podium places in Canada, the Austrians are among the favorites.
Puchner suffered severe training fall at the World Cup
Puchner also associate good and bad memories with St. Moritz. On the one hand, there was her World Cup premiere victory, on the other hand, as a World Cup favorite, she suffered a lower leg fracture during training there in 2017, which had to be operated on four times. Since her downhill success in 2016, no Austrian has triumphed in the World Cup in St. Moritz. The last one to win a World Cup Super G in St. Moritz was Michaela Dorfmeister in January 2006.
Puchner left her memories of the broken leg in St. Moritz as good as possible. “I’m more likely to think of my first World Cup victory. The injury is a thing of the past, ”said the Salzburg native. “I’m happy to be here, injuries can happen anywhere, and it was also on a descent.” Of course, she wants to connect to Lake Louise. “But it’s still a race from zero. I’ll do my best and focus on what I’ve already set out to do in North America. “
Snowfall and fog as a welcome
The speed women also had to face a significant time difference and were greeted by snowfall and fog on Friday in St. Moritz. “You searched extremely hard,” explained Mirjam Puchner after driving the slope and her ÖSV team colleague Cornelia Hütter added: “It was more like sliding down. No cut turns were possible in the fog, it was at most getting to know the snow and the slopes. But they are in good shape. Let’s hope that there won’t be much more fresh snow by Saturday, ”said the Styrian, who also showed as fourth downhill in Lake Louise. “When visibility is poor, the most important thing is to be determined.”
With Nicole Schmidhofer, the Super G world champion from St. Moritz is back this time after the Styrian comeback after a long injury break in Canada far exceeded expectations. Tamara Tippler narrowly missed the Super-G podium in Canada as fourth. The 30-year-old Styrian has made it onto the podium seven times in the second fastest alpine ski discipline without winning. That is a “record” for the ski women. If Tippler finally wins, she will replace Schmidhofer as the oldest Austrian Super G premiere winner.
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