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The favorites for the Super-G World Cup: among the girls all very open, but Shiffrin and Goggia are scary

Tina Weirather trionfa nel superG di Crans-Montana, quarta Federica Brignone
Third appointment to analyze, discipline by discipline, the next season of the white circus with our "5 + 5".
Indicating the main favorites for the super-g World Cup in the women's sector is not easy in a very open specialty, but there are two women who are certainly afraid of all and are Mikaela Shiffrin and Sofia Goggia. We then go into detail, while on Sunday evening we will propose the fourth episode with the men's super-g. EVERYTHING OPEN, BUT THIS SHIFFRIN ... 1. Mikaela Shiffrin: a datum says all of the potential as a dominatrix even in this discipline for the queen of the circuit. After sipping presences in previous years, in 2018/19 Mikaela won the crystal ball by participating in only four tests on the calendar (thanks also to the cancellation of the Rosa Khutor races) and winning them all, except for the Soldeu finals where, also because he needed points to close the accounts, he finished in 4th place. The impression is that the power combined with the technique makes the US even more impressive in super g than the giant, so much so that the first race at Lake Louise was a lesson given to rivals and the same can be said of Sankt's successes Moritz and Cortina, when he competed (and won) without having participated in the trials and descents of the two previous days on the Olympia delle Tofane, a clear disadvantage compared to the rivals of that day. The fourth victory of the career in specialty came instead in the world test of Are, with only 2 cents of margin on Sofia Goggia; just the duel with the blue promises to be stellar, much more than downhill or in giant. 2. Sofia Goggia: her best result in the discipline cup is the 5th place of the 2017/18 vintage, but it is not a figure that can indicate the absolute winning potential of Bergamo in what she has always called the specialty favorite, at least before the magic of PyeongChang downhill (but remember what he was doing a few days earlier in ... super?). The maturity achieved by Sofia can allow her to gamble in any contest, even if we still talk about the discipline where the more or less incorrect interpretation of the track can lead even a top to finish quite a lot backwards. In the World Cup he won "only" twice (in the pre-Olympic games of March 2017 and a year later in the finals of Are), but he is world silver in charge and in super-g he surprised the world in Schladming 2013, risking to capture a resounding world title with only four CdM races behind him. That 4th place at 5 cents from the podium (but at the last intermediate Goggia was playing gold with Tina Maze) he already told us all of the sensational potential in "his" specialty. 3.Nicole Schmidhofer: he finished in second place in the discipline ranking of last year, separated by 47 points from Mikaela Shiffrin. Precisely in super-g, "Nici" came to the fore, winning the world title at Sankt Moritz 2017 in the general surprise. Two years later it matured at all levels, winning the downhill World Cup but, in this discipline , finally bringing home his first race in the maximum circuit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, last January 26th. It can blow the bank with its flexibility and quality. 4.Tina Weirather: we are talking about the winner of two crystal balls, to then finish in 3rd place last season. In short, the super-g knows it like its pockets and, even in the darkness of a 2018/19 vintage that is really complicated for her, Tina has always been up front in this specialty. It is also true that he has not won in the Cup since March 2018 (at Crans Montana the last of his seven pearls in SG), but (Are apart) he has never failed even in the big appointments, seizing the silver in Sankt Moritz 2017 and the bronze at the PyeongChang Games. 5.Viktoria Rebensburg: the loose mine is simply ... she. Yes, because "Viki" is capable of everything in the discipline of genius and recklessness par excellence, a bit like the 30 year old from Kreuth, 4 ^ in the specialty cup just a few months ago. He won the last race of Soldeu with a real masterpiece, on the day of the third victory of his career in super-g, where he missed the medal at the World Championships in Are. The problem is "only" continuity, so much so that in a decade in the CDM, the previous best result in the final ranking was the fifth of the 2015/16 vintage. THE OTHER PODIUM WOMEN One cannot fail to mention Lara Gut-behrami among the women on the podium in what has always been her specialty: two World Cups brought home (2014 and 2016), as many world medals in the discipline and 12 successes in the cup, practically dominating in the pre-injury period of Sankt Moritz 2017. Last year it ended seventh in the final ranking, but we have hardly ever seen the real Lara who aims to return to her level starting from the super-g. Federica Brignone likes to have fun on the corners at 100 per hour, now constantly in the top ten of the specialty cup (twice sixth and twice eighth, including the 2018/19 season, in the last 4 years), and capable to win twice (Soldeu 2016, Bad Kleinkirchheim 2018) with two more podiums. They have not yet won in the World Cup in the discipline, but even Stephanie Venier and Ragnhild Mowinckel are young and with a very important potential: the Austrian has collected two podiums in the Cup (although dated 2017, in Crans Montana and Garmisch, in the year in which she was fifth in the final ranking) and she finished ninth in the last season, where she did much better downhill, while the Norwegian (two podiums also for her in the Super-g Cup) finished fifth, best career result , but as we all know is back from the accident occorsole to the finals of Soldeu that puts some unknown on the yield. Finally, but we are talking about an authentic champion of speed, Ilka Stuhec: before the very serious Pitztal injury (October 2017), the Slovenian touched the 2017 specialty cup, giving up just 5 points to Tina Weirather, she won three times in Cup including in the last year in Val Gardena (even if it was almost a mini descent). On the tracks where he will be able to assert his fluency skills, he will certainly be able to sign the shot as well in this specialty, but it is difficult to think that he can fight for the final classification.
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