Cortina d’Ampezzo, 18th October 2020. The Italian team kicked off the 2020-21 season with a bang in the season opener in Sölden, showing that they are perfectly prepared for the World Cup season and already focused on the home World Ski Championships scheduled to be held in Cortina from 7 to 21 February 2021. Fans and ski enthusiasts were looking forward to this new season, and the races on the Rettenbach glacier kept all of them on the edge of their seats.
Fondazione Cortina 2021 too was anxiously waiting for the first race of this very important season. The Italian team kicked it off in the best way possible, with an incredible one-two – the fourteenth double in Italian women’s skiing history. Marta Bassino and Federica Brignone already stood out in the first run and were streets ahead of the other competitors. Petra Vlhová (SVK), who had two very different runs, immediately responded to the Italian duo. She clocked the fastest time in the second run and finished third. She couldn’t have done more – the two Italian athletes set a storming pace.
The first run of the men’s race on Sunday was very tight – the top fourteen athletes were all within a second of the leader. Lucas Braathen, one of the brightest stars of his generation, stole the show at Sölden and took home his first World Cup win. Marco Odermatt (SUI), who last season had a knee injury, finished second, and his teammate Gino Caviezel placed third – the first World Cup podium for him.
Marta Bassino, winner of the women’s GS: “I’m really happy with my race, I was skiing very well in training so I tried to ski as in training today. We trained well, we’re a strong team”.
Lucas Braathen, winner of the men’s GS: “The new generation is here. First World Cup race of the season and first World Cup victory for me, it’s incredible.”
From 19 October you can buy your ticket to attend the World Ski Championships in Cortina, organised in full compliance with COVID-19 regulations. Tickets are available online at cortina2021.com.