Skiing and slalom with destiny: Rossetti in Zagreb for rebirth

At certain times it is said that it is better for an athlete to keep his head down and not think about the rest. But if one Marta Rossetti in a crisis of results After returning from a serious knee injury believing in fate, he could then take the slalom in the spotlight of Zagreb as a great opportunity to re-start.


As always, we run up Sljeme (1,033m above sea level), the mountain that overlooks the Croatian capital and where the only World Cup race in years has been held in a big city (except for the various recently disputed similarities to Munich and Stockholm). Race It has its charms, but it also has its limits Because there has been a bit of snow lately even in Zagreb and in fact the bottom of the track doesn’t seem to be in good shape. That’s not a good sign for Rossetti, who has never qualified in the previous four races this season (two at Levi in ​​Finland and one at Killington in the US and before New Year’s Eve in Linz, Austria) and also thanks to the uninspiring European Cup results (never in 10 So far), she’s been called up for a comeback starting in the top 30 (she’ll have 33 bibs today; The first at 12.30 and the second at 16.05, live TV on RaiSport and Eurosport and broadcast on RaiPlay, Discovery + and Dazn).

However, there are signs of fate that must be recognized. First Zagreb is still in the heart of Rossetti Because he made his World Cup debut three years ago and second on the Sljeme downhill twelve months ago, the slalom runner Raffa di Puegnago had the last qualification and final points at Circo Rosa, reaching 22 before breaking left the crusader in training and thus missing the chance to go To the World Cup Cortina. This is why Zagreb is a milestone in Rossetti’s complex season, with nearly all cards played between today in Croatia, Sunday in Kranjska Gora and Tuesday in Flachau to secure their place in the Beijing Olympics.

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Moreover, Rossetti and Lara della Mia are the only hope of achieving the result of the very young group entrusted to David Salvadori from Brescia. Marta Pacino has given up her slalom after her first unexciting seasonal outing, and Federica Brignoni will not be in Zagreb to focus on the next dates between the Giant and Super G. Plus Rossetti and Della Mia There will only be Anita Jolie and Sophie Matthews, because another blue Vera Tschurtschenthaler tested positive for an anti-Covid test.