24 March 2022
24 March 2022
She is the queen of the downhill, winning gold at Pyeongchang 2018 and silver at Beijing 2022. A three-time World Cup winner, she suffered several injuries but always got back up stronger than before. Let's find out some fun facts about this extraordinary athlete
Believing, winning, falling, getting up, and becoming even stronger. Sofia Goggia has repeatedly shown that the Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship are essential in sports and in life. She won gold in the downhill event at Pyeongchang 2018 and silver at Beijing 2022, returning to the track only 23 days after a serious injury. Her sporting achievements continue to thrill ski lovers everywhere, but let's take a look at some more fun facts about this amazing woman.
Sofia Goggia was born in 1992 in Bergamo. She's very close to her city, and at three years old, she was already hitting the ski slopes not far from home in Foppolo, Val Brembana. Reading and music are her passions: she likes to play piano and does so with great concentration, just like when she skis on the slopes.
"Besides snow, when I feel surrounded by a mountain of unread books and the intoxicating smell of paper, a smile comes to my face, and I feel happy and blissful," she says. Sofia seems like a character out of a book, always struggling to conquer something and constantly facing new challenges.
Her official debut at a national competition took place in Livigno (SO) in 2007. A few years later, she was first called to the Italian national team for the World Cup and debuted at the giant slalom in Lienz on December 28, 2011.
Thanks to the results she got, Sofia secured a spot on the team, and on November 30, 2013, she earned her first classification in the top ten, taking seventh place at Beaver Creek in the Supergiant.
Her championships include three Alpine Ski World Championships and two medals in World Championships, and at Beijing 2022, she earned her second Olympic medal, after the downhill gold at Pyeongchang 2018. Goggia has had to overcome many injuries and has always known how to get back on her feet. She has adapted to her circumstances, focusing on the essentials and addressing each challenge with courage and determination.
"The Olympic dream brought me here. I gave it all for it," Sofia admitted after the 2022 Olympic Games, with the silver around her neck. "I couldn't have done any more. If I had been told I would take the silver medal before the event, I would have signed for it. The Olympic dream made me give it my all, and it kept me believing until the end".