From Beijing to Crans Montana. A few days after the end of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Alpine Ski World Cup immediately restarts and does so with a double downhill in the Swiss resort. Two days long awaited by Italy and especially by Sofia Goggia, who is playing the specialty cup with Corinne Suter in a new duel just like at the Games, when the Swiss prevailed right in front of the Bergamo team.
Two fundamental descents for the classification, with Goggia at the top of the list with 400 points against Suter’s 331. The Crans Montana track is much loved by Sofia , who has already won three times in the past, two of which just last year, when there were always two runs one after the other. With two victories the blue would hypothesize the crystal ball and could even begin to dream of reopening the games also in terms of the overall standings of the World Cup, given that both Shiffrin (1026) and Vlhova (1009) are not present.
A thought that is probably also having Federica Brignone (772 points and three points more than Goggia), who has even more chances than her compatriot, given that she is better than her in giant and could even capture some points in slalom. For the Aosta Valley, however, to reopen the games with Shiffrin and Vlhova, he will have to do very well in Crans Montana, hitting a podium that has not yet arrived this season.
The headlights, however, in Italy are also focused on Nadia Delago , who is looking for the first podium of her career in the World Cup and is looking for confirmation after the extraordinary bronze conquered in Beijing 2022. Crans Montana is a track also appreciated by Elena Curtoni, third last year and who can absolutely fight for an important placement on the Swiss snow.
Clearly the hosts are very scary, starting right from Corinne Suter and then passing through Lara Gut-Behrami, who has already won twice in the downhill right in front of her compatriot. The Austrians like Ramona Siebenhofer, Katharina Truppe and Mirjam Puchner or the German Kira Weidle will also try to enter the fight for the podium, but everything seems to lead to a challenge Italy against Switzerland.