Second medal after the silver in giant. Malagò: “Federica complete skier, wanted and sought-after podium”
Rome – Combined bronze medal for Federica Brignone. Under the snow of the Beijing Olympics the blue marks the eighth time in the downhill and then packs a slalom heat that allows her to fly to the podium in the race dominated by the Swiss. Gold to Michelle Gisin, Olympic champion in 2018 in Korea that repeats itself, and silver to teammate Wendy Holdener. On the day of the multipurpose sports, Brignone brings the medal n.16 to Casa Italia.
Today Federica, unaware of everything and without having read the messages on the mobile phone that arrive from Italy, has started the attack. In super form, she went down with conviction and with the goal clear in mind: to win another medal. “My mother’s controversies (the collaborator of “Il Giornale” Maria Rosa Quario) on the Goggia? I’m here, I’m focused and I don’t have time to read. Maybe one day I will but if I want to do my job well I don’t have to read anything. It is already so stressful and difficult to be and perform at the top that I cannot afford to lose energy to do other things. I try to stay in my bubble ».
For Brignone, 31, from Valle d’Aosta, athlete of the Carabinieri, it is the second medal of these Olympics. After the silver in giant, here is the bronze in combined, a specialty in which he has always believed. She trained, alternating the downhill tests with those in slalom, a considerable effort that led her to face many more trips. She kisses the medal. And she finally finds her smile again. After the days of tension and nervousness following the disappointment of the super-G, Federica finds redemption. Regardless of the controversies raised in Italy by her mother: «La Goggia? Her injury wasn’t that bad. If one of her breaks her leg she won’t be back on track after 23 days ”. And again “She is self-centered, while Federica is shy and she doesn’t care if people like her.” Declarations then partially corrected today: “I claim the right to tell things as they are.” An interference in the life of the two stars of the national team, Goggia and her daughter, who have a common passion for snow and who now lead different lives. They train together only for organizational reasons (the speed tracks).
The number 1 of Coni Giovanni Malagò applauds the medal, released a few days ago from the Covid hotel, today in the stands. «Extraordinary Federica! A spectacular test in a very difficult race. A desired and sought-after medal. Faith proved to be a complete skier. And she is not over. Now head and heart to the Team Event on Saturday where Brignone with the other Azzurri can really, and once again, make a difference ».
He won two medals today: the bronze one and the intelligence one. Enough controversy. Focus only on itself. She became the first Italian on the Olympic podium of the combined. Another of her records.
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