New Zealand racer Alice Robinson managed to make a magnificent comeback on her second run at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz, Austria.
American Mikaela Shiffrin, World No. 1, claimed the 63rd victory of her career on the very same track that she earned her first career podium back in 2013. Italian Marta Bassino finished second and Austrian Katharina Liensberger achieved her first Giant Slalom World Cup podium finish in third place.
Shiffrin was in remarkable form, holding a lead of .61 seconds after the first run while Robinson’s 2.27 seconds left the Kiwi languishing in 18th place. But the second run saw her leap up the rankings, and Robinson was fifth fastest on this one. She was just .27 seconds behind Shiffrin, putting her in ninth position overall.
Robinson explained that the track was a new one for her and that she felt she’d not done very well on the first run, saying she’d made many mistakes. She said the second run was decent, however, and she felt she’d skied it well. She said she just slightly behind and the fact that she’d made up several spots made her happy. She stated that she planned to build on this for upcoming races.
The World Cup Giant Slalom points table sees Robinson staying in sixth place while Shiffrin moves up two, to second, behind Federica Brignone of Italy. The New Zealand skier will next be taking part in the World Cup in Sestriere, in Italy, on the 18th of January next year.
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