Queenstowner Alice Robinson has grabbed New Zealand’s first junior world title in alpine ski racing.
The 17-year-old won the giant slalom race, overnight Tuesday, at the world juniors at Val di Fassa, Italy, finishing second in her first run before skiing the fastest second run.
“I tried to stay focused and to ski to the best of my ability,” she said afterwards.
“Being able to win the first race at the junior world championships is really incredible.”
Her coach, Queenstowner Tim Cafe, adds that Alice proved she’s a true champion.
“She came into the race in top form, but with the expectations that come with her recent success [like a European Cup GS title two weeks ago], it’s not easy to produce a top performance.
“I am proud and impressed by her performance, and I know she has so much more to come.”
With this result she’s qualified to compete with the top 25 skiers in the World Cup finals in Andorra on March 17.
Alice is due to compete in the junior world champs Super G on Friday night.