Alice Robinson clinches her second World Cup win in Slovenia
Alice Robinson is at it again.
At just 18 years of age, the alpine skier from New Zealand claimed her second World Cup victory at the giant slalom event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
Second-fastest in the first run, Robinson went all out on run 2, throwing down a lightning-fast 1:54.32 to beat reigning world champion Petra Vlhova of Slovakia by 0.34 seconds overall.
21-year-old Meta Hrovat from Slovenia shared the third place with Switzerland's double Olympic medallist Wendy Holdener, both at 1.59 seconds behind the winner.
It's the first success for Robinson since claiming the opening race in Soelden, Austria, last October.
The New Zealander, who's working with Lindsey Vonn’s former coach Chris Knight, suffered a knee injury during that race and hadn't been on the podium since.
"Ooooooo yessss!!! Today was amazing .... I finally pushed it to the limit and it paid off," Robinson posted on her Instagram account.
“Today she was really good," second-placed Vlhova told the Associated Press.
"She did the perfect run in the second run. Maybe it was difficult to beat her today.”
Italy's Federica Brignone finished eight and saw her gap from overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin cut to 113 points.
The American is taking an indefinite break from racing since the sudden death of her father Jeff Shiffrin.
“At this point we have no information to share about a return to Europe or a return to competition,” U.S. ski team coach Magnus Andersson said on a statement.