Three-in-one: Italy’s elite ski team is a rarity

Feb 18, 2021 382

BY: Andrew Dampf

The Olympic downhill champion. The overall World Cup champion. And the recently crowned parallel co-world champion. All on the same team. Sofia Goggia, Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino have won so much recently that the rest of the skiing circuit has taken notice — and not just because of the Italians’ results.

It’s more about how the results have been attained — with a three-woman “elite” squad within Italy’s larger team that means Goggia, Brignone and Bassino train together constantly. “What I marvel at is how they handle three such different athletes. Making a team work like that is a huge challenge,” said Tina Maze, the retired former overall World Cup winner from Slovenia who used to have her own personal coaching team.

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