The first round of the opening giant of Soelden is difficult for the blues, with only Faith being close to the top ten. Ticino and the USA, separated by two minutes, create a gap in everything.
An already clear duel and an opening of the World Cup is definitely not ideal for the blue stars.
The 2021/22 season started in Soelden with a first round of female giants in Rettenbach giving us an amazing technical confrontation between Lara Gut-Behrami and Mikaela Shiffrin, dominating literally all opponents, but also many surprises and, unfortunately, disappointment of the Italian house even if it remains a glimmer of hope for rooftop placements by Federica Brignone and Sofia Goggia.
Shiffrin, in search of the 70th pearl in the cup, is practically perfect with the number 1 (but the track is extremely well prepared and holds up very well) on the track of Mike Day coach, but Lara Gut-Behrami manages slightly better in the end a race parallel to the US and at the end ahead for a few minutes, dreaming of the third seal in Soelden after those of 2013 and 2016. In the second heat, which starts at 1.15 pm, there will be fun. ..
Between Mikaela and Lara, the two most anticipated blue women started, but it was a really complicated first heat for Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino: the Aosta Valley woman pays 1 “52, without being able to enter the race and finish just near the top ten, the Cuneo woman, on the other hand, comes out looking for the most direct line in the connection between the edge of the wall and the floor, but comes out when she was just over half a second behind, in full swing for the partial platform.
And so, in third place after this 1st heat we find a reborn Stephanie Brunner, just 54 cents and with a margin of 0 ”09 against her compatriot Katharina Liensberger, who immediately shows us great competitiveness even in big doors.
Temporary fifth place for a great Valerie Grenier, before the holder of the ultimate crystal ball, Petra Vlhova, who pays 81 minutes, while Alice Robinson suffers a lot on the wall, seventh at + 0 “90 but … capable of everything the second Meta Hrovat also remains below the second gap, 8 ^ at + 0 “98, then here is compatriot Andreja Slokar at 1” 16 (big test with bib 29 for the fifth World Championship in Cortina .. in the slalom), over 1 “30 instead of Haaser (the Austrians very well), O’Brien, Hector and Mowinckel, with Brignone in front of the disappointing Tessa Worley, from 15 to 1” 65 to recover and 4 cents better than Michelle Gisin, who defends very well taking into account all the summer problems that the Swiss blame.
Sofia Gojia? Twenty-second place, with a gap of 1 ”97 has accumulated to a large extent on the wall, where Elena Kertoni came out. The other blue failed to qualify in the 2nd heat, with Karoline Pichler 3 “45 away, Ilaria Ghisalberti (in the second race at CdM after Soelden 2020) more than discreet at 3” 63 with bib 68, Roberta Melesi and Roberta O Mindali, on the other hand, did not end.
SCORE 1 ΡΙ GIANT WOMAN SOLENTEN’S HAND
1 ° Lara Gut-Behrami at 1’02 “80
2 ° Mikaela Shiffrin + 0 ”02
3 ° Stephanie Brunner + 0 ”54
4 ° Katharina Liensberger + 0 ”63
5 ° Valerie Grenier + 0 ”74
6 ° Petra Vlhova + 0 ”81
7 ° Alice Robinson + 0 ”90
8 ° Meta Hrovat + 0 ”98
9 ° Andreja Slokar + 1 ”16
10 ° Ricarda Haaser + 1 ”30
15th Federica Brignone + 1 ”52
22nd Sofia Gozia + 1 ”97
40 ° Karoline Pichler + 3 ”45
44 ° Ilaria Ghisalberti + 3 ”63
DNF Marta Bassino
DNF Elena Curtoni
DNF Roberta Midali
DNF Roberta Melesi
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