Alice Robinson kicking off the World Cup season in historic giant slalom victory
17 year old Alice Robinson picked up in Sölden right where she left off last year in Soldeu, winning the World Cup season opening giant slalom in Austria.
Unbelievable that the young Kiwi stepped into the start gate on the Rettenbach glacier for the first time! With nearly flawlessly skiing under blue skies, Robinson skied with enough force to surpass the defending World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin and hang on to a win by a mere 0.06 seconds.
“It was pretty close so I was thinking that I gotta try and go for it,” says Robinson. “I was a bit nervous for the second run but I just had to try and hold it to together and keep my nerves at bay. I had a feeling that I was really going to like this slope, and to be able to pull it off was awesome, but I’m still pretty shocked.”
Winning the first world cup victory in the first race of the season (and in only her 11th start!) is not only giving goosebumps to the MDV family. It also was the first women's World Cup giant slalom won by a skier from New Zealand!
Now the teenage skiier has one more week of studying before she finishes high school with the FIS World Cup resuming for the women in the Finnish resort of Levi on November 23rd.
Successful start to the season also for Holtmann & Robnik
Also all smiles was the norwegian skiier Mina Fürst Holtmann, who claimed her personal best (single event) by placing 4th in the first race of the season. Slovenian skiier Tina Robnik showed a solid performance placing 11th.
On the men’s event on Sunday swiss skiier Elia Zurbriggen barely missed the 2nd run, but stays motivated fort he upcoming World Cup tour. „I tried and failed for 0.06 sek... stand up. Go back to work and come back stronger."
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