Cortina Women's Races Preview

Next weekend the Women's World Cup is back to Cortina, the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’. Two days of action with the Downhill, and Super-G.

Cortina Program

Downhill. Saturday, January 22nd. 11:30 (CET)

Super-G. Sunday, January 23rd. 11:45 (CET)

Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the most charming ski resorts in Italy. The small town is located in the Northern Italian province of Belluno in the Veneto region, near the northeastern border with Austria. Surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Tofana, the Monte Cristallo, and the Sorapis Dolomites, Cortina is known as the "Regina delle Dolomiti". Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the 12 ski areas of the Dolomiti Superski Ski Paradise, one of the biggest ski areas in the world with 1,200 kilometers of slopes, modern cable cars, and fabulous mountain scenery all around.

Cortina is immersed in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty, set in the spectacular Dolomite mountains, declared by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage Area.

Cortina d’Ampezzo made its debut on the FIS World Cup with the Men’s Downhill in 1969 and became a fixture on the Women’s Downhill tour for three years beginning in 1975. After a long hiatus, the venue has been an annual stop on the Women’s World Cup since 1993, hosting Downhill, Super G races on the marvelous Olimpia delle Tofane slope, one of the most spectacular settings on the circuit.

The Olympia delle Tofane, with 2,560 meters of length and stretches of absolute spectacularity such as the " Schuss ", with a maximum slope of 65%, where the speed specialists jump and reach speeds of over 130 km/h., the "Salto Duca d'Aosta" and the blind passage of the "Delta", the complicated "Gran Curvone" and the subsequent change of slope of the "Scarpadon" will be offering again ski fans a minute and a half of pure adrenaline.

Last weekend in Zauchensee Sofia Goggia, who had won the last seven World Cup Downhill races she participated in, failed to reach the podium in a World Cup Downhill for the first time since a fourth-place finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on 8 February 2020.

Goggia has won 11 World Cup Downhill races. She can claim her second World Cup win in Cortina d'Ampezzo, after winning the Downhill event on 19 January 2018. One month later, Goggia won gold in this discipline at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The Italian leads the overall downhill World Cup standings, 60 points ahead of Breezy Johnson. Goggia won her second Downhill crystal globe last campaign, after 2017-2018.

She is hoping to become the first woman to win the Downhill globe in successive seasons since Vonn (2014-2015, 2015-2016).

Goggia also leads the Super-G standings, five points ahead of compatriot Brignone. She won two World Cup Super-G races this season, the opening event in Lake Louise on 5 December, and in Val d'Isère on 19 December.