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St. MAURITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Italian skier Sofia Goggia gave a thumbs-up with her right hand after dominating her fourth women’s World Cup downhill of the season on Saturday.

His left hand could barely move.

Goggia won the race in impressive style, leading runner-up Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia by 0.43 seconds, a day after breaking two fingers when she hit the gate, but still finished second at the Corviglia track.

After the accident on Friday, the two-time Olympic medalist went to Milan for surgery. The Italian ski team said a metal rod and screws were placed inside his arm to stabilize it, and the hand was wrapped in a plaster cast.

Still, Goggia returned to the Swiss resort for a second landing.

With his left arm bandaged and his glove attached to his ski pole with yellow glue, Goggia was the ninth starter, visibly unimpaired by the injury.

“When I realized today that I can do it, I don’t think there is a girl who is (as) happy as I was at the starting gate today. It was not guaranteed that I could start today,” Goggia said, adding that the Italian team was even considering leaving him out of the starting line-up for Saturday’s race.


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