New Zealand Alpine ski racer Alice Robinson from Queenstown has claimed the second World Cup win of her career. The eighteen-year-old skied to Giant Slalom victory in Giant Slalom in Slovenia.
She’s the first teenager since Mateja Svet in the 1987/1988 season to win multiple giant slaloms in a single World Cup season.
Today’s Alpine Ski World Cup was scheduled to take place in Maribor but was moved to the Kranjska Gora resort due to the unfavourable weather forecast.
Fourth out of the start gate on run one, Robinson laid down a blistering run which put her in to second place just 0.24s behind Petra Vlhova (SVK).
With the start order reversed for the top 30 for run two, Robinson was second last to race.
The way @alicerobins0n charged @kranjskagora second run has been just incredible! Well done Alice and welcome back on the top. #fisalpine
Posted by FIS Alpine World Cup Tour on Saturday, 15 February 2020
“I was just thinking, you know what you’re doing, trust yourself and give it everything you’ve got” she explained.
A blistering second run gave her the lead ahead of Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener who would finish their day in joint third place. Petra Vlhova was last to race but couldn’t match Robinson’s pace and finished in second place, 0.34s behind the young Kiwi.
Australian born Robinson won the FIS Alpine World Cup Tour season opener in Soelden, Austria in October 2019 and has earned three top-10 finishes since then, including fifth in Sestriere, Italy in January.
She went into today’s race with a World Cup Tour ranking of fifth for Giant Slalom.