19-20 January 2019
Olympia delle Tofane - Cortina d'Ampezzo

A spectacular and emotional one hundredth World Cup competition in Cortina

Goggia bows to Vonn after her last race. Shiffrin takes the torch from her captain

 

Date: 20/01/2019 from 1430
Place: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Sofia Goggia bowed to Lindsey Vonn as the US champion, who went out midway down the course, crossed the finish line, and handed her a bouquet of flowers. Then the two athletes, who shared the victories last year, hugged emotionally. It was the last race in Cortina for the American superstar who has enjoyed twenty podium wins on Olympia and twelve victories. Sofia Goggia paid tribute to this extraordinary champion: "I’m thrilled to be here at the foot of Olympia, I hadn’t planned to. But this morning I woke up at 6.30 and decided that I couldn’t miss Lindsey Vonn’s last race on Olympia. I think I must have broken all the speed limits because I got here so quickly. I love her, and I wanted to be a part of that World Cup magic. Next week I’m going to test my foot out in the training runs in Garmisch and we’ll see how it goes. I live very much in the here and now however".

The race – the hundredth in Cortina’s World Cup history – witnessed a truly phenomenal passage of the torch. On the day of Lindsey Vonn’s last race in Cortina, and as the US champion wiped the tears from her eyes, Mikaela Shiffrin, her extraordinary heir, triumphed on Olympia. They may be two completely different athletes, but they have the most important thing in common: victory. As Vonn bid a fond farewell to her public, Shiffrin counted her wins, which now total 54, the same as Herrmann Maier and just one behind Vreni Schneider. Mikaela is 23 and looks set to beat her captain’s record.

  
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