Sofia Goggia of Italy waits for the start of the first training prior the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season in Soelden, Austria, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. The Alpine Skiing World Cup season 2021/22 will be opened this weekend in Soelden, the traditional start of the FIS Ski World Cup. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

ROME (AP) — Defending Alpine skiing downhill gold medalist Sofia Goggia was named as Italy’s flag bearer on Friday for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò also announced that snowboard cross gold medalist Michela Moioli will carry the country’s flag at the closing ceremony for the Feb. 4-20 Winter Games.

Both Goggia and Moioli come from the Bergamo area that was one of the hardest-hit regions by the coronavirus.

Goggia became the first Italian woman to win an Olympic downhill when she beat Ragnhild Mowinckel and Lindsey Vonn at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Also in 2018, Moioli claimed Italy's first-ever gold in snowboarding.


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