Alice in skiing wonderland

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The Kiwi national anthem sounded out after Queenstowner Alice Robinson achieved a breakthrough European Cup giant slalom win in Berchtesgaden, Germany, last Saturday.

The 17-year-old was the first Kiwi European Cup winner since Claudia Riegler in slalom in 2001.

The following day she achieved a second-equal placing.

Alice, pictured on top of the podium, is now the world’s no.1-ranked under-18 women’s giant slalom skier, no.2 in U21 and 31st overall.

Her coach, Queenstowner Tim Cafe, says her German performance was outstanding, after starting her northern hemisphere season about eight weeks late so she could sit NCEA Level 2 exams.

“She’s had great speed in training all season, but it’s taken some time to transfer that to races.”

Alice, who in Maribor, Slovenia, last week also became the first Kiwi to qualify for the second run in a World Cup GS, says she’s feeling confident ahead of this week’s world champs in Are, Sweden, and next week’s world junior champs in Pozza di Fassa, Italy.