World Ski Championships, Sofia Goggia forks in downhill race

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Sofia Goggia goes out in the downhill

No dice for Sofia Goggia in the downhill at the World Championships in Courchevel-Meribel. The Italian skier straddled a red gate in the final and was disqualified, saying goodbye to dreams of a medal. Her manifest superiority in the downhill all season (four wins and one second place in the six downhill races she competed in the World Cup) did not translate into a gold medal, which has now been missing for five years, between World Championships and Olympics.

“More than disappointment, there is sorrow,” Goggia commented to Rai microphones. “I gave everything I had. It hadn’t been bad so far. How do you fork downhill? My ski caught me and I was in front of the door. It was all so fast that I didn’t even understand, then from the rallenty I saw that I had straddled. In all three events I never dominated, but this is a bit of a special race: you can make the difference in two or three points, then the rest is within reach of many. I was coming to this World Championship with an unfavorable condition, I tried to give everything I had. It’s a shame I didn’t get a medal that was within my reach. There is the sorrow to digest, then we focus for the next events ahead of Crans Montana.”

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