The World Junior Giant Slalom Champion just proved that she is not to be counted out this World Cup season, by pulling out her first ever World Cup win on the notoriously aggressive Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria.
Back in March, the young New Zealander earned her first ever podium finish on the World Cup when she shocked the field by taking second in World Finals behind Shiffrin. Since the tables have turned, and Robinson now finds herself standing at the top of the podium, having pulled ahead of Shiffrin by sixth hundredths of a second to win the race.
Third-place finisher and 2018 Soelden champion, Tessa Worley, also had a strong showing., having jumped three positions in the standings to earn that podium spot. Aside from Shiffrin, she is the only other woman to come within a half second of Robinson’s total time.
Other notable performances came from Norway’s Maria Therese Tviberg. The 25-year-old started at the back of the pack in bib 58, breaking into the top 30 on her first run. She then laid down the fast second run time of the day, to earn the first top ten finish of her career.
The United State’s Nina O’Brien was the only U.S. starter aside from Shiffrin who was successfully able to complete both runs. She tied for 21st overall, her best World Cup finish to date.
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Top 10 Results
- Alice Robinson (NZL) – 2:17.36 – Volkl/Marker/Dalbello
- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – +0.06 – Atomic/Atomic
- Tessa Worley (FRA) – +0.36 – Rossignol/Rossignol
- Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR) – +0.85 – Volkl/Marker/Dalbello
- Federica Brignone (ITA) – +0.87 – Rossignol/Rossignol
- Maria Therese Tviberg (NOR) – +1.03 – Head / Head
- Franziska Gritsch (AUT) – +1.41 – Head / Head
- Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI) – +1.46 – Head / Head
- Michelle Gisin (SUI) – +1.47 – Rossignol/Rossignol
- Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) – +1.50 – Fischer/Fischer
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