Champions League winner Marco Materazzi spoke to our colleague Siavoush Fallahi from Eurosport Sweden and expressed his sympathy for Sofia Goggia after she narrowly missed out on gold in the Super-G, adding he hoped that she would be victorious in another event.
Goggia, 26, was beaten by Mikaela Shiffrin by just 0.02 seconds in the women’s Super-G at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Are, Sweden on Tuesday.
Champions League winner Materazzi spoke to Eurosport at the event and expressed his sympathy for Goggia and hoped that she would be victorious in another event.
” 51 centimetres. I would’ve eaten my skis!”
“She has to continue as she’s done, the difference between losing and winning is so small, so you might win when you expect it the least. I hope with all of my heart that she’ll win.”
Materazzi explained that as a professional footballer he was not allowed to ski but revealed that it has become a big part of his life since retiring.
Mikaela Shiffrin of USA wins the gold medal, Sofia Goggia of Italy wins the silver medal, Corinne Suter of Switzerland wins the bronze medal during the FIS World Ski Championships Women’s Super G on February 5, 2019 in Are SwedenGetty Images
“I was never able to ski myself, because for obvious reasons it’s dangerous for those playing football professionally.
“In the last two or three years I’ve become a passionate fan together with my son who has great fun and likes to ski. This has led to a situation where we have separate holidays because me and my son like to ski whilst my wife and daughter don’t enjoy it.
The five-time Serie A winner also expressed his delight at Dominik Paris’ victory in the men’s Super-G.
“As an Italian it’s great to see medals for our athletes, the World Championships are special as well.
“This has to make all of us Italians proud but most importantly it has to make him proud because I think it’s a dream come true.”