By TRACEY ROXBURGH
New Zealand’s been chosen to set the course for a FIS World Cup giant slalom alpine ski race for the first time, thanks to Queenstowner Alice Robinson’s results over the past year.
Robinson’s Cantabrian coach Chris Knight will set the GS course for the first run of the world cup event in Courchevel, France, this weekend, which potentially gives the 19-year-old an advantage.
NZ’s been awarded the historic course set due to a complicated process which involves the significant world cup points Robinson contributed with her world cup success over the past couple of years.
Knight can set the course to suit Robinson’s strengths and it also gives her advanced knowledge of the course that otherwise wouldn’t be seen till race day.
Robinson: “It’s a first for me to have my own coach setting a course at a world cup, the sets are very biased to the larger teams so it’s normally the likes of the Austrians, Swiss, Italians or Norwegians who get the course sets.
‘‘It’s a nice feeling [to have Knight setting the course] because I can have confidence going into the race knowing that the course is set to my advantage.
‘‘However, I still have to ski my best to take advantage of it.’’
night says it’s ‘‘very exciting’’ and told NZ Herald he’ll set the course to take advantage of Robinson’s technical skills and base training off it.
The Courchevel GS is a double-up event — two separate races are being held, tonight and tomorrow night, both starting at 9.30pm, NZ time.
Live timing will be on the FIS website.