The Snow Sports New Zealand superstar, Alice Robinson from Queenstown has taken her third consecutive World Cup podium in Andorra overnight.
Robinson claimed second place in the Giant Slalom, just one hundredth of a second behind Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland.
“I am really happy, another podium is amazing, it’s always a bit bittersweet to be one hundredth [of a second] on the wrong side, but that’s how it goes and maybe by the end of the season it will be the other way around and I will win by one hundredth of a second!” said Robinson, who was born in Australia and moved to Queenstown with her family at four years of age.
It is not the first time Robinson has had success in Soldeu – it is the very slope where she burst onto the global alpine ski racing scene when, at just 17 years old, she claimed her first World Cup podium in March 2019.
Robinson was the sixth athlete on course today, a very fast second split, combined with three other solid splits had her sitting in third position after run one, just +0.11 seconds behind leader Marta Bassino of Italy.
With the top thirty racers reversed for the second run, Robinson was the third to last racer on course today, finishing an incredibly close one hundredth of second behind current leader Gut-Behrami and sitting in second position with just the Italian racers Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino left to take their runs.
American A J Hurt claimed her first Giant Slalom World Cup podium of her career, rounding out the podium in third.
“I am really happy with how I am skiing and really happy with another podium” said Robinson.
“I think I have made a big step with my consistency and I am doing really well on different snow conditions. I am really happy with how it’s heading and maybe I can get a win before the end of the season!”
This marks Robinson’s fourth World Cup podium result this season and the ninth World Cup podium of her career.
The women’s FIS World Cup season continues with a change of pace to speed events for the next three weekends, before rounding out the Giant Slalom season with the final two World Cup races in March.