Elena Curtoni Wins Super-G in Cortina
Elena Curtoni confirms Italian dominance in women's speed events. A day after Goggia's triumph at the Olimpia delle Tofane, Curtoni secured another home win.
Curtoni is the third Italian to achieve a Super-G victory this World Cup season after wins by Goggia (2) and Brignone (2). The 30-year-old is being very consistent in the discipline this season finishing all events at least in the Top-8, with her worst result being 8th place at Zauchensee last week. It's her third podium after the second place in St. Moritz and the third place in Val d'Isere.
It's also her 8th podium (5 in SG, 3 in DH) in the World Cup and her second win (she won the Downhill in Bansko in 2020). She is the fourth Italian woman to claim World Cup victories in both the Downhill and Super-G, after Sofia Goggia, Isolde Kostner, and Nadia Fanchini.
Until today, the last Italian woman to win a World Cup Super G event in Cortina d'Ampezzo was Isolde Kostner on January 25, 1997.
"I'm happy with how I skied, I did an almost perfect race, pushing from the beginning to the end in a very technical super-G. I put my creativity on the slope, I felt free. I did what I'm capable of out there. It is something special to win in Italy and do it in front of my family", said Curtoni.
"It's a bittersweet day. I'm happy with what I was able to do in my race and very upset for Sofia, because seeing a bad crash like that of Sofia is really painful, especially if it comes from your teammate", she added.
Tamara Tippler finished in second place, +0.09 seconds behind Curtoni. It's her 9th podium in the World Cup, the first one this season. Tamara Tippler finished on eighth World Cup Super-G podiums but never won. This is currently the women's record for most podium finishes without ever winning in this discipline.
"It's great that I showed at the right time. Today's second place is an important result also in view of the Olympic Games. I thought, please Tami, just pull yourself together now. The hat is on fire and I really have to show something now. I think I did it relatively well today. I seem to function better under stress. I know it wasn't the best ride, I probably lost the 9 hundredths from the first place in the upper part of the slope, at the start I was not among the best but I'm very happy with the second place", said Tippler.
Michelle Gisin finished in the third position, +0.24 seconds behind the Italian. It's her 17th podium in the World Cup and her second one in the Super-G (she claimed a second place on the podium back in 2017 in St. Moritz).
The 28-year-old Swiss has been on the podium three times this season in three different disciplines: Giant Slalom (Courchevel, December 21), Slalom (Lienz, December 29), and now in Super-G (January 23).
"Today was fantastic. I really don't have anything else to say. Sensational. I love it here in Cortina. It's so fun to attack like that again. Really, really cool. I'm just happy to have my confidence back, to ski and give it all. The mononucleosis has given me a lot of problems but despite this, I am managing to finish in the top positions in all disciplines. That's not bad at all.", said Gisin.
Federica Brignone, who finished today in fourth place, is now leading the Super-G standings with 377 points, Elena Cutoni is second (348), and Sofia Goggia is third (332). An Italian woman has never won the crystal globe in Super-G, and no country ever swept the women's overall Super-G podium.