The Italian, who already won the race in the first training session, did it again on Friday under sunny Haut-Plateau skies. She will be the overwhelming favourite in the Downhill on Saturday.
Crans-Montana seems to be smiling on Sofia Goggia this year. The skier from Bergamo was very much at ease on the Mont Lachaux piste, and took the second Downhill training session. She finished 0’’30 in front of the astonishing American Alice Merryweather, and 0’’55 in front of Austria’s Mirjam Puchner.
It is sometimes difficult to deduce much from the practice sessions, as lots of athletes were already upright before the finish, hiding their strategy, whilst others missed one or more gates.
As for the Swiss, Lara Gut-Behrami finished in an encouraging 4th place, just in front of Corinne Suter. In eighth place, Priska Nufer could also be a hopeful for Saturday’s race, which has been brought forward to 09.30 due to the spring temperatures forecast in Crans-Montana.