She arrived to Jasná as current winner of the overall ranking in women alpine skiing world cup series. Federica Brignone from Italy has nice memories of the northern slopes of Chopok, during past weekend she achieved two points-valued standing – in Saturday’s slalom she finished fourteenth and in Sunday’s giant slalom she was sixth.
“I have good memories of Jasná. First I achieved my first podium standing here at the Europa Cup and five years ago I was at podium in the world cup,” said 30-years-old Federica Brignone from Milano, Italy.
She was very successful last season and seized the world cup ranking in both giant slalom and alpine combined. As she was doing well also in other disciplines, she became overall world cup ranking winner. This season she is getting into shape slowly and she won in Italy just recently.
“To win the big globe was always my biggest dream since I was a small girl. I was not dreaming of the Olympic title, gold from world championships or any other medal. I have always wanted the big globe. But it was just a dream. And finally it came true, it was an amazing feeling,” revealed Brignone.
However, there was something she felt sorry about. “I was a big pity there was no ceremony. It was sad for me. My secret childhood dream came true, but there was no real celebration. So I told myself I’d try to repeat it so I could enjoy the celebrations after winning the big globe. And it put stress on me and that’s why my first half of the season wasn’t very good,” she confessed.
She analysed also her struggles in this season. „In the first half of the season I wasn’t skiing fast enough, it wasn’t ideal technically. I was getting better and better, but only on trainings. I wasn’t able to put it into race, all needed pieces were not coming together. But it was getting better with time,” added Federica Brignone.
And what she is saying about the conditions in Jasná? “I like this kind of slope. It is not too hard nor too easy. It is good for my skiing. The tracks were prepared very well, both at trainings and at the races,” she added.