Lienz, Austria (28 December 2019) – NZ Alpine ski racer Alice Robinson has staged an impressive second run comeback to finish ninth at the FIS World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz, Austria.
World number one Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) was back on winning form, holding a 0.61s lead after the first run with Alice Robinson 2.27s trailing behind in eighteenth place; however, the second run saw the Kiwi make a significant jump up the rankings.
Alice explains: “It was a new track for me. I had a not very good first run and made a lot of mistakes, it wasn’t very good. Second run I had a decent run and skied pretty well, I was only just behind and made up quite a few spots so I was happy with that. I’ve just got to build on this now for the next races.”
Alice was fifth fastest on the second run, this time just 0.27s behind Shiffrin, putting her ninth overall but a combined time of 2.54s off the lead.
Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 63rd career victory on the same track where she earned her first career podium in 2013. Italy’s Marta Bassino who won the Killington Giant Slalom World Cup last month finished in second and Katharina Liensberger (AUT) achieved her first GS World Cup podium to finish in third.
NZ’s Piera Hudson recorded a DNF on run one of the GS but is back in action tonight (NZT) for the World Cup Slalom, traditionally her stronger discipline.
Alice’s next race will be the World Cup GS in Sestriere, Italy on 18 January.
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