Sofia Goggia won the second women’s World Cup downhill event on Saturday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, just one day after undergoing emergency surgery to repair broken fingers.
The Italian athlete underwent surgery in Milan after breaking two fingers during the downhill competition on Friday and finished in second place overall.
She travelled back to Switzerland for the competition on Saturday and skied with her left hand strapped to the ski pole she was using.
The individual who was 30 years old stated, “Yesterday it was broken, and today it has already been fixed.
It was not at all guaranteed that I would be able to be at the start gate today, so I want to take this opportunity to express how thankful and delighted I am that I am here.
“I need to express my profound gratitude to everyone who assisted me in getting here yesterday, from the physician to the chauffeur who transported me here,” you said.
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Goggia, who won the Olympic title in 2018, raced with a plate and nine screws inserted in her left hand. In addition, her glove had holes cut into it so that she could race with it. Despite these handicaps, she was able to win 11 of the last 16 World Cup downhill races that she competed in, giving her a total of 20 victories.
With a time of one minute and 28.85 seconds, she crossed the finish line 0.43 seconds ahead of Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia, with Kira Weidle of Germany coming in a further 0.09 seconds behind.
She commented on the victory margin, saying, “I couldn’t push at the start gate, and this is why I didn’t have the gap that I had during the training runs, but a half a second is plenty.” Additionally, one-hundredth of a second is sufficient.
As a result of his aggressive play style, Goggia has caused a number of injuries. She had to withdraw from the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 2021 due to an injury to her right knee, but earlier this year she won a silver medal in
Olympic downhill competition despite having a sprained knee.
She went on to say that she “truly understands that it was a bit hazardous.” “However, I vowed to myself that after Beijing, I would be able to persevere through anything,” and this is exactly what happened.