Alice Robinson

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Alice Robinson
Personal information
NationalityNew Zealand
Born (2001-12-01) 1 December 2001 (age 17)
Sydney, Australia
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Sport
SportAlpine skiing
ClubQueenstown Alpine Ski Team

Alice Robinson (born 1 December 2001) is a New Zealand alpine ski racer. At age 16, she competed in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[1]

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Sydney, Australia, the second of three children of Sarah and David Robinson, her parents moved to Queenstown permanently when Robinson was aged four.[2] She started her ski racing career at Coronet Peak with the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team and later also trained with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy based in Tahoe, California during the northern hemisphere winter.[3] From 2016 Robinson has been coached predominantly by former New Zealand Olympian Tim Cafe,[4] she currently attends Wakatipu High School in Queenstown.[5]

Robinson won the Under-14 and Under-16 New Zealand titles before beginning her international career.[6] In April 2015 she won the ladies’ U14 Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom at the Whistler Cup (which is one of the largest and most important junior ski races on the international calendar) held in Canada.[7] and in 2017 she won the U16 Giant Slalom and finished second in Slalom at ‘Pokal Loka in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.[8] She also won the USSA U16 National Championship Giant Slalom held at Snowbird, Utah and took second place in the Super G.[9]

2018 season[edit]

In her debut FIS race on 30 July 2017 at Cardrona, she finished 3rd; the next day at the same venue she won the giant slalom race.[10][11]

On 10 August 2017, Robinson at the age of 15, won the New Zealand Alpine National Championships for slalom and giant slalom at Coronet Peak.[12] On 16 December 2017, she won her first North America Cup (NorAm) Giant Slalom race in Panorama, Canada, her 8.70 FIS point result is the best any New Zealand skier has achieved in their first year of senior competition.[13] Robinson made her World Cup debut on 6 January 2018, in a giant slalom at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia finishing in 42nd place, and missing the cut to qualify for a second run by just 0.97s. Three days later Robinson won a FIS giant slalom race in Gaal, Austria in which she scored 11.90 FIS points, ranking her inside the top 70 in the world at the time.[14]

On 28 January 2018, Robinson was selected for New Zealand team for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games alongside fellow alpine skiers Adam Barwood and Willis Feasey, she is New Zealand's youngest ever Winter Olympian, being 16 years and 70 days when the games began.[15] At the Olympics Robinson was coached by former alpine Olympians Tim Cafe and Ben Griffin. Robinson finished 35th out of 81 skiers in the giant slalom, the best result for a New Zealander in giant slalom at the Olympics since Fiona Johnson and Anna Archibald finished 30th and 32nd at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, she failed to finish the first run of the slalom event.[16]

2019 season[edit]

On 27 August 2018, Robinson won the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) Giant Slalom.[17] On 5 September 2018 she won the New Zealand Alpine National Championships for Super-G as well as two Australia New Zealand Cup Super G races held at Mt Hutt.[18]

On 2 February 2019, at the World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia Robinson finished in 25th place on the first run, becoming the first New Zealander to qualify for the second run (in World Cup racing only the top 30 racers qualify for a second run), she failed to finish the second run.[19] On 9 February, at aged 17, she won the European Cup Giant Slalom in Berchtesgaden, Germany, becoming the first New Zealand athlete to do so since Claudia Riegler in 2001.[20]

At the 2019 World Championships at Åre in Sweden in February, at age 17, she won the U21 category and finished 17th in the ladies' giant slalom, having the fastest time in the second run; this was the best result for a New Zealand alpine ski racer since Claudia Riegler and Annelise Coberger.[21]

Less than a week later, at the Junior World Championships in Val di Fassa, Italy, Robinson won the giant slalom by more than a second, becoming the first New Zealander to win a gold medal in the 38-year history of the Junior World Championships,[22] she also finished in 15th place finish in the Super-G.[23]

On 8 March 2019, at the World Cup giant slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic Robinson finished 16th in a 70 strong field earning 15 World Cup points, the first in her career.[24]

On 12 March 2019, at the European Cup Finals Super G in Sella Nevea, Italy Robinson finished second place, 0.12 s behind the winner.[25]

On 17 March 2019, Robinson competed at the World Cup Final Giant Slalom held in Grandvalira Soldeu, Andorra, she earned the right to compete in the Finals by virtue of winning the Junior World Championships Giant Slalom the month prior.[26] At aged 17 she finished on the podium at the World Cup for the first time in her career, finishing 0.30 s behind Mikaela Shiffrin.[27] This silver medal was the first podium at a FIS Alpine World Cup for a New Zealand athlete since Claudia Riegler in Slalom in 2002[28].

Robinson was named the Otago Junior Sportswoman of Year at the 2019 Otago Sports Awards, her coach, Tim Cafe, was also named as the Otago Coach of the Year.[29]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2019 17 62 19

Race podiums[edit]

  • 1 podium – (1 GS)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2019 17 Mar 2019 Andorra Soldeu, Andorra Giant slalom 2nd

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2019 17 17

Olympic results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2018 16 DNF1 35

References[edit]

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  2. ^ chris.rattue@nzherald.co.nz, Chris Rattue Sports writer (23 February 2019). "Skiing: Young Kiwi skier Alice Robinson making giant strides". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
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  8. ^ "Gold and Silver for NZ Ski Racer Alice Robinson at Top International Youth Race » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  9. ^ "NZ Ski Racers Ben Richards and Alice Robinson have Won Medals at Top Junior Events » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
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  11. ^ "Alice Robinson » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Queenstown's Alice Robinson wins two national titles at alpine skiing championships". Stuff. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Victory for NZ Ski Racer Alice Robinson in North America Cup Giant Slalom » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  14. ^ Friday; January 2018, 12; Zeal, 12:54 pm Press Release: Snow Sports New. "Alice Robinson Impresses on World Cup Debut | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  15. ^ Taylor, Paul (28 January 2018). "Robinson selected for Winter Olympics". Mountain Scene. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Winter Olympics: Skier Alice Robinson reflects on 'amazing' Olympic debut at 16". Newshub. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Alice Robinson Wins ANC Giant Slalom » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Alice Robinson and Willis Feasey Crowned National Super-G Champions » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Alice Robinson Claims Europa Cup Victory » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Alice Robinson Claims Europa Cup Victory » Snow Sports". www.snowsports.co.nz. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Kiwi ski racer Alice Robinson impresses at World Ski Championships with fastest second run in Giant Slalom". NZherald.co.nz. NZ Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  22. ^ "New Zealand's Alice Robinson wins the Women's World Junior Giant Slalom". Ski Racing Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  23. ^ "FIS Junior World Ski Championships Val di Fassa (ITA)". www.fis-ski.com. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  24. ^ "17 year old Kiwi skiier [sic] Alice Robinson has won her first World Cup points at a giant slalom in the Czech Republic - 09-Mar-2019 - NZ Rugby news". home.nzcity.co.nz. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  25. ^ "European Cup Sella Nevea (ITA)". www.fis-ski.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  26. ^ Brown, Matt (16 March 2019). "Skiing: Kiwi Alice Robinson to compete World Cup Finals, then return to school". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Audi FIS Ski World Cup Grandvalira Soldeu - El Tarter (AND)". www.fis-ski.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  28. ^ Reporter, Michelle Prendiville 1 NEWS Sport. "Kiwi teen skier Alice Robinson wins silver medal at Alpine Ski Racing World Cup". 1 NEWS NOW. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  29. ^ Seconi, Adrian (18 May 2019). "Snowboarder takes ultimate prize". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 21 May 2019.

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