Kiwi snow sports prodigy and Winter Games NZ ambassador Alice Robinson has had an exceptional season, winning New Zealand’s first Alpine Ski Racing World Cup medal in 17 years. After her impressive debut on the world stage at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Alice has been continuously performing at an outstanding level.
In March 2019 she claimed New Zealand’s first Alpine Ski Racing World Cup medal since 2002, finishing with a silver medal in Giant Slalom at the FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Andorra. The 17-year-old finished 0.30s behind Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) who holds the world number one ranking on the World Cup tour. Current World Champion Petra Vlhova (SVK) finished in third place. Prior to this the last NZ athlete to podium at a FIS Alpine World Cup was Claudia Riegler in Slalom in 2002.
Alice earned her start at the World Cup Finals due to her success at the Alpine World Junior Ski Championships in Italy on February 19 2019. Alice crossed the finish line in the Giant Slalom over a second ahead of her closest competitor, silver medal winner Camille Rast (SUI).
Alice has been turning heads this Northern Hemisphere season with a string of impressive results, including a Europa Cup win and two Europa Cup silver medals and a seventeenth place – including the fastest second run time – at the World Champs in Sweden in February.
Alice is a member of the NZ National Alpine Ski Team A Team and tells her story in Snow Sport NZ’s latest ‘Be Next’ campaign (video below).