17-year-old Alpine ski racer Alice Robinson (Queenstown) has carried through her success from the northern hemisphere season to home snow,
winning the NZ National Women’s Giant Slalom Championship title at her training ground of Coronet
The New Zealand Alpine National Championships hosted by Coronet Peak, the official ski area
partner of the New Zealand Alpine Ski Team, finally got underway in Queenstown today with the
women’s Giant Slalom after heavy snowfalls and poor visibility put racing on hold yesterday
(Saturday 10 August).
Starting from bib seven, Robinson – who is now ranked 10 th in the world for women’s GS – took a
convincing 2.01s lead in run one and stretched it to 3.34s ahead of GB’s Cara Brown on run two.
“I’m really happy,” said Alice. “I knew I could have probably skied a little better in the second run but
I’m just really happy to take away the title.”
The course was set on The Hurdle run where soft snow conditions added a challenge for the racers
with the course getting bumpy and several racers, including defending champion Piera Hudson
Eliza Grigg was the second NZ racer home, finishing in eighth place overall, and Katie Crawford, third
for NZ, 22nd overall.
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