What cycling icon Peter Sagan is for men, Petra Vlhova is for women: the biggest sports star in Slovakia. The 25-year-old is celebrated all over the country after winning the large crystal ball. No wonder, as she made history with her victory in the overall World Cup – no one had that before.
But now dark clouds are gathering. Your trainer Livio Magoni shoots verbal poison arrows in the “Corriere della Sera”. While the Italian calls his compatriots Bassino, Goggia and Brignone “ski diamonds”, he says of Vlhova: “Compared to them, Petra is an iron.”
“Maybe it’s time to say goodbye”
In fact, Vlhova is often referred to as a machine because of its powerful driving style. But it is also clear that if she skied badly, she would not be so successful. “She is very strong,” admits Magoni. “But she has a problem: if something doesn’t fit in her head, you have to intervene. Otherwise she throws everything away. “
Magoni accuses the rest of the private team, in which Vlhova’s father and brother are also involved, with “ignorance”. And how does Vlhova react? She says: “Like a family, every team has its own internal problems.” And adds: “If we hadn’t done better than our rivals, we would never have won the overall World Cup.”
Will the duo Magoni-Vlhova continue as planned until the Olympics in 2022? “It might be time to say goodbye,” says Magoni. It is quite possible that Vlhova sees it that way too.
Published: 03/27/2021, 1:26 am