The season is almost certainly over Sofia Goggia. The 31-year-old Italian champion injured herself this morning during giant slalom training in Casola di Ponte di Legno when her right leg hit a door that turned to the right. Initial information suggests a likely fracture of the tibia and fibula. “At the moment it is still too early for an accurate diagnosis,” say Federsci sources, “Goggia will travel to Milan for detailed medical examinations.” The Italian was taken by ambulance to the “La Madonnina” clinic in Milan, where he had to undergo examinations by the Fisi Medical Commission chaired by a doctor Andrea Panzeri.
According to witnesses present on the route, it was a serious injury to the “distal third” of the right leg just above the ankle and there was a risk of possible fracture of the tibia and fibula. Goggia appeared calm immediately after the fall, but when her boot was removed she burst into tears.
Leader in the Downhill Cup
Goggia – 24 victories in the World Cup – had achieved six podium finishes this season (two successes, in the Super-G in St. Moritz and in the downhill in Altenmarkt) and was at the top of the Downhill World Cup and fifth in the overall ranking. It’s a terrible season for skiing: ahead of Sofia Goggia, only in the men’s division, she was injured in Cortina Mikaela Shiffrinwhich is still standing still while the Slovakian one has finished the season Petra Vlhova and Switzerland Corinne Suter.
A career full of injuries
Ponte di Legno’s injury is just the latest in a long series that has marred the career of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic champion. Immediately after the victory in Altenmarkt she said: “I have together.” Federica Brignone, much less than we could have. In my case, due to a series of injuries.” The most famous is the one that would ruin the Beijing Olympics: on January 23, 2022, she fell in Cortina and suffered a microfracture of the fibula, a sprain of the left knee and a cruciate ligament injury. But after a record-breaking recovery time of 23 days, she managed to win Olympic silver in China.
Sofia Goggia won the World Cup with a broken hand that was operated on the day before: On December 16, 2022, she was injured while descending in St. Moritz: a complicated fracture of the second and third left metacarpals. But the next morning she managed to get down in good time, despite her bandaged and bleeding hand.
While injuries will likely cost her the Downhill World Cup this year, they have also robbed her of a home World Cup in the past: in 2021, she suffered a compound fracture of the lateral tibia in Garmisch while riding on a tourist route associated with the race. The list includes the cruciate ligament and meniscus tear of the right knee 14 years ago; the tear of the other meniscus of the right knee a year later; the head trauma and muscle injury of February 2011; the torn cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during a huge European Cup in 2012; the rupture of the cruciate ligament and both menisci of the left knee in Lake Louise in 2013 during the World Cup; After five years of rest, the fracture of the right ankle bone as a result of a fall during training in Hintertux; the fracture of the left radius arm in 2020 in Garmisch.