Queenstown’s Alice Robinson has been crowned national slalom champion at Coronet Peak today.
The teenage ski racer was the quickest female NZ athlete on the final day of the New Zealand Alpine National Championships.
Defending champ Piera Hudson look set to hold on to her title after a strong first run which put her in third place overall.
But a crash on her second run put her out of the running, leaving the door open for Robinson to claim her second national title for 2019 after Monday’s Giant Slalom win.
Sitting in seventh place overall after her first run (non-NZ athletes also compete), Alice dropped down to 11th place overall after a mistake on the second run cost her some time.
“My first run was solid,” she says, in a press release from Snow Sports NZ.
“I haven’t really been focusing on slalom, so I was happy just to put a decent run down. I was in a good position in the second run but unfortunately, I made a bit of a mistake which cost me, so I didn’t really ski how I wanted to.
“I’m happy I made it down and getting the title is good.”
Eliza Grigg claimed the second place on the NZ podium (17th overall), while Katie Crawford, earned her first national podium place, third fastest of the NZ women (31st overall).
In the men’s field Willis Feasey won over NZ team mate Queenstowner Adam Barwood, who was 22nd after the first run but recorded a DNF in the second.
Feasy finished 14th overall. Colbey Derwin finished in second place for NZ men (18th overall), with Sam Hadley third for the NZ men (21st overall).
Only 23 from a starting field of 73 men successfully complete two runs of the course.