Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. January 19-25, 2021.
- Around the world in 40 days. No one will break the record of the round-the-world voyage for the Trophée Jules Verne this season, which is 40 days. The Gitana team had to abort their second attempt. Frustratingly, they were one day faster than the current record (Idec Sport, 2017), and broke the record for the fastest descent of the Atlantic before encountering breakages in their boat, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. (Watch the first accounts – Trophée Jules Verne)
- Cristiano Ronaldo, the striker with most goals. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) scored his 760th goal as a professional in Juventus’ triumph 1-0 over Napoli to win their fifth Italian Super Cup in the last nine years. This number makes him the striker with most goals as a professional, of all time. Robert Lewandowski (POL) also achieved a milestone by scoring his 500th goal as a professional, with Bayern München. (The Sportspedia – on the Super Coppa)
- Alpine Skiing. Sofia Goggia (ITA) won both Downhills in Crans-Montana (SUI) and has now won 4 consecutive World Cup Downhills. Fellow Italian, Marta Bassino won both Giant Slaloms at Kranjska Gora (SLO) and has won 4 of the last 5. Para Alpine Skiing hosted its first World Cup, in Veysonnaz (SUI). Among several double gold winners we can highlight Anna-Lena Forster (DEU) in women’s sitting, who has now won 12 races in a row between World and European Cups. (Read the full report- Paralympic)
- Monsieurs vainqueurs. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) and Julien Ingrassia (FRA) won their 8th Monte Carlo Rally, surpassing the historic 7 of Sébastien Löeb (FRA) and Daniel Elena (MCO), in the opening Rally of the WRC season. Another Frenchman, Rémy Coste, achieved another milestone in a different sport, but also in the alpine mountains: he won his fifth Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc, one of the top mushing competitions. (Watch a video of the last stage)
- Freestyle Skiing. This was a busy week for freestyle skiing. Fanny Smith (SUI) broke Ophelie David’s (FRA) 26 World Cup wins with 2 golds at the Ski Cross World Cup in Idre Fall (SWE). Alizée Baron (FRA) on the other one. In Russia, Maxim Burov won his fifth straight World Cup Gold in Aerials, by taking the individual and team competitions. (See Burov’s gold jump – FIS)