Who is Sofia Goggia?
Sofia Goggia is an Italian World Cup Alpine ski racer who was born in 1992. She made her World Cup debut in December 2011 and at that time she primarily competed on the European Cup circuit until the 2016 World Cup season. Goggia won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Sofia Goggia is nicknamed Ninja and Goggiate by her friends and in her spare time she loves to take photographs. She is a student of Political Science and can she speak Italian.
Goggia trained in the club GS Fiamme Gialle under coach Matteo Guadagnini and coach Giovanni Luca Rulfi.
In January 2015 she underwent surgery to remove a cyst from her left knee. She ruptured the cruciate ligament and injured the meniscus in her left knee while competing in downhill at the 2013 World Cup event in Lake Louise, AB, Canada.
In February 2012 she damaged her left knee ligaments and fractured her tibial plateau while competing in a Europe Cup race. She has had three operations on her right knee - the first at age 14 and the most recent in 2012. A shin injury meant she was unable to compete at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
She was selected for the National Team in 2009 for alpine skiing. She began skiing at the age of three in Foppolo, Italy. After seeing her brother ski, she convinced her parents to let her try the sport.
She regards Slovenian alpine skier Tina Maze as her hero and she has a strange ritual which she follows religiously. She has lucky underwear, which changes depending on which discipline she is competing in.
Goggia is the first female Italian alpine skier to have secured podium finishes at World Cup events in four different skiing disciplines.
Goggia intially competed only in the European Cup circuit. She brought home only four career starts in giant slalom but no finishes in her World Cup career. She was named to the Italian women's team for the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria and she cashed on the opportunity when she posted two top ten finishes: fourth in the super-G and seventh in the super combined.
She then won her first World Cup podium in November 2016 during the World Cup season with a surprising third place in giant slalom at Killington. She won the bronze medal in the same event at the World Championships in February.
Goggia's first World Cup win came in downhill in March 2017 at Jeongseon, South Korea. Next came her super-G win the following day for her eleventh World Cup podium of the season. It was the fourth time that Goggia stood on more than one podium at the same race venue. She then went on to add a fifth with two podiums at the World Cup finals in Aspen.
In 2018, she won consecutive World Cup downhills in mid-January at Bad Kleinkirchheim and Cortina d'Ampezzo. She also was the gold medalist in the downhill at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Goggia won the World Cup season title in downhill, edging out Lindsey Vonn by three points.
Net worth of the skier
The net worth of the skier is currently under review.
2018 Winter Olympic Games
After defeating Vonn, Goggia and Vonn were both interviewed. Lindsey Vonn said she "left it all on the line" as she had to settle for bronze medal in downhill in what can be her final Olympics.
The most successful women's ski racer of all time was one of the pre-race favorites, but the 33-year-old, Vonn could not match the pace of Italy's Sofia Goggia. The 25-year-old Goggia, the World Cup downhill standings leader, produced a stunning run, surprisingly to become the first Italian woman to win gold medal in alpine skiing's most prestigious event.
Goggia's time of 1:39.22 was 0.47 seconds better than Vonn's effort, and 0.09 seconds faster than Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel, who took her second silver medal of the games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
"I came here with one goal -- to beat Lindsey," said Goggia, who had beaten Vonn in the Olympic test event on the same hill. "This was good, but here I realized that though this duel was really good, it wouldn't have helped me out so much because I have to be focused on myself."
Goggia's gold medal is Italy's third at the games, only two fewer than the United States who are sixth in the medal table with a disappointing haul of 13 medals this Olympics.
She told reporters that Vonn was "the greatest skier." "She has 81 victories, I have four - five with this," said the Italian. She added, "She's unbelievable. She's acting like it's normal, it's easy. She's the greatest and she's had a wonderful career -- and she's still having that because it's not over. The battle with her is still going on."
Sofia Goggia has her official Instagram page @iamsofiagoggia. She uploads her recent photos and photos from her competitions on her Instagram page.