DEC 16, 2019
It was razor-thin, mega strong and extremely cool: Sofia Goggia’s triumph in the Super-G of St. Moritz was not only super tight – with a lead of only one hundredth of a second – it was also soothing. With the Redster double podium, thanks to Mikaela Shiffrin’s 3rd place, everyone in the Atomic team now looks forward to more speed thrillers this season. The female Super-G’s hero, however, was a man.
Johann Strobl, Mikaela’s service man, is a tough guy. Although he had crashed and hurt himself badly on the shoulder, he still managed to tune a perfect Super-G ski for “his super star’s“ race in St-Moritz. Mikaela’s 3rd place equaled podium number 6 in race number 8. Her predominance in the World Cup becomes even more evident when you check the overall standings: Mikaela already has more than twice the points compared to the best male world cup racer of the current season.
DAREDEVIL SUPER TIGHT VICTORY IN SOFIA STYLE
Without a doubt, the woman of the day was Atomic’s speed queen Sofia Goggia. “A daredevil ride in Sofia style,“ Race Manager Christian Höflehner acknowledges. Again, he had anticipated that Sofia would be showing much more than top ten performances on European snow.
The Redster ladies’ next stop is the GS in Courchevel on Tuesday. Sofia will be racing with bib number 31 – much better than her recent bib 54 in Killington where she eked out an 11th place.
ALEKSANDER A FAVORITE IN GRÖDEN
The fact that the Redster athletes did not perform as expected in Val d’Isere “will be analyzed, but not dramatized,“ says the team boss. The focus is now on the speed classics in Gröden where Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is a clear favorite: in 2018 he won the downhill and finished 5th in the Super-G. Redster racers Mauro Caviezel and Travis Ganong love the legendary “Saslong“, too.