'Mission accomplished' for returning Olympic champion Goggia ahead of world champs

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) –


Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia described her comeback in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as 'mission accomplished' with her ankle injury now behind her, ten days before the start of the world alpine championships.

The Italian speed queen backed up second place in the women's world cup super-G on Saturday by also finishing runner-up in Sunday's downhill race in Garmisch to cap a successful weekend.

With the world championships starting in Are, Sweden, on February 5, Goggia perfectly timed her return after being sidelined for three months by a fractured ankle.

"I came to Garmisch to make some progress with my ankle looking at the world championships," she said after missing downhill victory by 0.25sec behind winner Stephanie Venier of Austria.

"It's not good to expect too much and I knew I'd feel it (her ankle) in every curve, so I'm happy with the progress I made here."

Goggia insisted on conducting post-race interviews sitting down to rest her ankle, but insisted she could have skied faster.

"I wasn't happy with how I skied," said Goggia, "I braked too often and could have gone faster, but it's been a good preparation for the world championships so it's 'mission accomplished'.

"It's been another long day, I have been standing up now for five hours and my foot needs a rest."

Having finished fourth in the women's downhill two years ago when the world championships were held in St Moritz, Goggia has not set herself the target of adding the world title to her Olympic gold.

"I've got enough energy to let my injury keep healing and be among the top racers," he said.

"I just want to keep going and don't have any specific expectations for the world championships -- I know I can ski well."

Goggia said her successful comeback was overshadowed by injury to her team-mates who crashed out as Federica Sosio broke her leg and Federica Brignone injured her knee.

Sosio reportedly needs an operation after fracturing her left leg, while Brignone escaped serious injury to her right knee after both Italians fell on the same spot on the Kandahar course.