August, 2018Queenstowns very own Alice Robinson has firmly taken hold as the
darling of New Zealand skiing, knocking some of the worlds best off the
podium at the Winter Games recently.
Within just over a week of her Winter Games NZ Giant Slalom (Australia
New Zealand Cup event) win at Coronet Peak in late August, the 16-
year-old up and coming ski racer had also netted the 2018 New Zealand
Nationals Super-G champion title. She cleaned up both the womens and
junior champion titles at the nationals at Mount Hutt Ski Area, winning
all three of her events.
The gutsy young Queenstown racer fended off top World Cup racers at
the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ FIS Australia New Zealand Cup
(ANC), scoring six FIS point results, the best possible score in an
international race of this calibre.
Its super exciting, says Alice. Its been such a great end to the
season. I was pretty stoked.
Alice only found out shed qualified for the New Zealand Winter
Olympics team about 10 days before the event in South Korea early this
year. That was a pretty intense experience.
Skiing since she was three, for Alice, skiing at high speed just comes
naturally. I dont think about it. I just go.
Its now back to the hard slog of school, catching up on her study for
NCEA exams before heading over to Europe in November to compete in
World Cup and European Cup races and prepare for the Junior World
Championships in Italy in February next year.
New Zealand skiing officials are watching Alices career take off with
great glee. Im not aware of any other New Zealand women ever
achieving such a good FIS ranking at such a young age, says Snow
Sports NZ communications manager Alex Kerr. Shes definitely an
exceptional talent. Shes tracking faster in her career than any other
New Zealander ever on a par with where US two-times Olympic gold
medallist Mikaela Shriffin, 23, was at that age, says Alex. Alice is
definitely very young to be achieving at her level. Its pretty
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