By PHILIP CHANDLER
Queenstown ski racing star Alice Robinson changes course this weekend by competing in two World Cup super-G races in St Moritz, Switzerland.
Alice, who turned 19 this week, principally races giant slalom (GS), and remarkably entered this northern hemisphere season as joint world women’s no.1.
‘‘Super-G’s a real learning experience for her,’’ Arrowtown-based New Zealand men’s coach Nils Coberger says.
‘‘But because she’s that good a skier, like Mikaela Shriffin she’ll transfer those GS skills into super-G, and it won’t be long before she’ll be in the top five.
‘‘She’s just so fundamentally good, technically, she’s so physically strong, and she’s just got that unbridled desire to win every race, so you combine all those things, it’s just a matter of time when she’ll start to win super-G races as well.’’
In an interrupted campaign due to poor early-season snow, Alice finished 12th in her season-opening GS in Austria, where she won last year, and placed 19th last weekend in an unfamiliar parallel GS World Cup, also in Austria.
Coberger says he’s not making excuses for her, but notes she had a very different build-up this year.
She had limited training at Coronet Peak before leaving early for Europe, where she trained on glaciers, which she’s not used to.
After this weekend she’ll race double GS World Cups next weekend in Courchevel, France.