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Italy’s Sofia Goggia beats US favourite to win ski world cup

Italy's Sofia Goggia snatched her second straight Women's World Cup downhill on home snow at Cortina d'Ampezzo on Friday as an error left favourite Lindsey Vonn in second.

Italy's Sofia Goggia beats US favourite to win ski world cup
Sofia Goggia of Italy celebrates her first World Cup win at home. Photo: Tiziania Fabi/AFP

Goggia followed her downhill win at Bad Kleinkirchheim in Austria last week winning in 1 minute and 36.45 seconds, a margin of 0.47 seconds ahead of Vonn.

“It's a dream come true,” said the 25-year-old after her fourth World Cup win and first in Italy, which comes weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“Lindsey made a mistake, but if she hadn't she would probably have won by a large margin. After my performance I wasn't that happy.”

Vonn, with 11 wins in Cortina and the best time in both training runs this week, had been 0.14 seconds ahead of the Italian on the top half of the Olympia delle Tofane course.

But the 33-year-old American hit a bump and almost went into the netting, before recovering to finish on the podium.

“I still got second place which is outstanding,” said Vonn. “Hopefully I won't get caught in a bump again tomorrow. It's always nice to have a second chance.”

Friday's race was originally scheduled for Val d'Isere, France, last month but was moved because of poor weather conditions.

The second downhill takes place on Saturday with the super-G on Sunday on the slopes in the Italian Dolomites.

Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, competing for the first time in the downhill in Cortina, was third, 0.84 seconds behind the winner.

SKIING

Italy’s ski season begins with Covid green pass rules in place

Italy’s ski slopes have begun reopening with hopes that Covid-19 passes and other health measures will be enough to prevent closures this year.

Ski lifts in Italy require a health pass.
Ski lifts in Italy require a health pass this year. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Some of Italy’s biggest ski resorts opened for the new season on Wednesday, with Covid-19 green passes required when using ski lifts, social distancing measures in place at entrances and online booking required in some areas.

While Italy’s government did not specify that the green pass would be required on slopes or to take ski lifts this winter, this is one of the rules agreed in a protocol signed last month by Italy’s winter sports federation, association of chairlift operators and association of ski instructors.

The green pass requirement applies to everyone aged over 12 when accessing lifts, capacity is reduced to 80 percent for closed cable cars (open chairlifts can operate at full capacity), and masks are a requirement in all “common areas”, the protocol states.

EXPLAINED: What are the Covid rules on Italian ski slopes this winter?

Italy’s Covid health certificate demonstrates that the holder has either been vaccinated, has recovered from the virus recently or has tested negative.

In the popular ski resort of Cervinia, on the Swiss border, local police and staff were checking green passes and identity documents and no crowds or problems were reported as the lifts opened for the start of the season on Wednesday morning, according to the AGI news agency.

Cervinia has also made it compulsory to buy ski passes online, though this is only a recommendation under the protocol.

At the moment in Cervinia it is only possible to ski on the Plateau Rosa and on the Swiss side, while slopes on the Italian side are still being prepared.

The Swiss government agreed with resorts on Tuesday that that health certificates will not be required on the country’s slopes or to take chairlifts.

In France, the health minister has said he is considering whether to make the health pass compulsory for using ski lifts.

Under rules set by the Italian government, the pass is a requirement for all customers aged over 12 at indoor bars and restaurants. Though not a requirement to enter hotels or accommodation, the pass is needed when accessing hotel restaurants and facilities such as spas.

In addition to the health pass requirement, the standard Italian health rules on masks and distancing will also be in place at all businesses.

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