‘Bitter pill’ for Robinson

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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson’s gutted after two ‘did not finish’ esults at the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France.

Robinson’s coach, Cantabrian Chris Knight, got a course set for the race — the first time it’s ever happened for New Zealand — due to the significant world cup points Robinson’s contributed with her world cup success over the past couple of years.

On Saturday night, New Zealand time, the 19-year-old received a DNF after losing her left ski in her second run, resulting in a crash.

She was sitting in sixth place after her first run, 1min 30 seconds behind Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) who held the lead.

In the second run, Robinson came out of the start gate looking strong but lost her ski part-way down the course.

Snow surface conditions meant her second race was postponed till Monday night, NZT — unfortunately, Robinson crashed at the second-to-last gate, disqualifying her from that race, too.

After coming out of the start gate firing, she was up 12 hundredths of a second on the first split but lost some pace through the second and third splits and then got hung up as she came around the third-to-last gate, resulting in a crash at the second-to-last gate.

Mikaela Shiffrin (US) was crowned the winner, her time 82 hundredths of a second faster than Federica Brignone (Italy) in second place with France’s Tessa Worley in third.

In a post on social media Robinson says the results are ‘‘a bitter pill to swallow’’.

‘‘A really tough weekend to start the season … can’t say Courchevel has ever been my happiest [of] hunting grounds.

‘‘Now back to work, and hoping for better with next races coming up.’’

Robinson’s got an opportunity for redemption this Sunday, where she’ll be racing in the FIS World Cup super G in Val d’Isere, France.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz