Time.news – “It is wonderful to have won this Giant’s World Cup, this season I have experienced many exciting moments inside me and in my heart. Now at the Lenzerheide finals I will be able to run lightly, it will be a new good opportunity to have fun but I took the weight off today “.
These are the words of Marta Bassino as soon as she had the arithmetic certainty of having won the Giant Slalom World Cup, the most common specialty of Alpine skiing. That of Bassino is the fourth giant cup won by an Italian after Deborah Compagnoni in 1997, Denise Karbon in 2008 and Federica Brignone last year. Marta, 25 years old from Borgo San Dalmazzo, this season has won four giant races, once she finished third, once she fell (in December in Courchevel) and today on the Slovakian snows of Jasna she finished fourth in the race won by hostess Petra Vlhova.
For the Slovakian skier, today’s victory is the 19th career victory, the 43rd podium. Behind the athlete linked to Italy because trained by Livio Magoni, the young New Zealander Alice Robinson (at 16 cents) and the American Mikaela Shiffrin (at 37 cents), today on the 102nd podium in the Cup.
For Bassino, individual parallel world champion in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the season that will end between two weekends in Switzerland is to be framed. “I won the opening giant in Soelden, then the first in Courchevel, the weekend in Kranjska Gora was very exciting (double) as was the podium at Plan de Corones: I can say I made a superstition – says the blue who is the standard bearer of the Army -. This season I have grown a lot in many ways, from how to face the races to many other things, there were days when I was happy, others where I struggled more. “
Martha in the days of the Cortina World Championships had expressed her Marian devotion, a family inheritance and every year she tries to go with her mother Elena and her grandmother to the sanctuary of Lourdes, a place, as the Piedmontese skier said, “where I feel that beyond there is something very powerful “.
Bassino scored 510 points ahead of the French Tessa Worley (362), the Swiss Michelle Gisin (344) and the American Mikaela Shiffrin (340). The next stage of the Women’s World Cup will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 in Aare (Sweden) where two special slaloms are scheduled in which Bassino will not take part. The Cup finals will be played in Lenzerheide from 17 to 21 March.