Robinson lives up to ranking to claim world title

Queenstown skier Alice Robinson shows the style which won her the world junior giant slalom title at the world junior ski championships in Italy yesterday. Photos: Val Di Fassa 2019
Queenstown skier Alice Robinson shows the style which won her the world junior giant slalom title at the world junior ski championships in Italy yesterday. Photos: Val Di Fassa 2019
Queenstown skier Alice Robinson is a world champion.

Robinson (17), who became the youngest New Zealander to compete at the Winter Olympics last year, claimed gold in the giant slalom at the world junior championships in Val di Fassa, Italy, yesterday.

She went into the race as world No1 in her age-group and did not disappoint.

It was the first time a New Zealander has won a junior world title in alpine ski racing.

Alice Robinson
Alice Robinson
''Winning is incredible,'' Robinson said.

''I arrived in Val di Fassa with some good results in my last races and a good experience at the world championships in Are, but I knew that there were some really strong athletes here. I tried to stay focused and to ski to the best of my ability. Being able to win in the first race at the junior world championships is really incredible.''

Robinson had a strong build-up to the junior world championships with a win and a second at European Cup giant slaloms in Berchtesgaden, Germany, earlier this month, followed by a 17th-place finish at the world championships in Are, Sweden, last week.

Sitting in second after run one, just under a second behind behind Slovenian Meta Hrovat, Robinson recorded the fastest time on run two to take the win by 1.06sec.

A fall from Hrovat put her out of the medals, opening the way for Swiss skier Camille Rast to take silver and Norwegian Kaja Norbye the bronze.

Robinson was set to compete in the slalom this morning along with team-mate Amelia Gillard. Gillard finished 51st in the giant slalom.

Robinson has earned the opportunity to compete at the world cup finals in Andorra.

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