Alice Robinson, Piera Hudson Back in Action at Killington Cup
Following time off snow to rehab a knee injury, NZ ski racer Alice Robinson (Queenstown) was back in the start gates for the Killington Cup Giant Slalom this morning (Sunday NZT) but recorded a DNF on the first run.
“I had a great day of training yesterday and I felt really good this morning during warm up,” explained Alice, “but something didn’t go well on the race hill, I never felt connected with my skis. DNFs are part of ski racing. You can always learn from bad days and I will move forward in to the next one with good preparation.”
Piera Hudson (Havelock North) placed 44th on run one of today’s GS but in World Cup races only the 30 fastest racers from the first run of two qualify – or ‘make the flip’-for run two.
“Even though I missed qualifying today, I’m still happy with sections of my skiing,” said Piera. “I had some good splits and my GS feels like it’s on a good path but now I’m looking towards tomorrow’s Slalom and hopefully bettering last year’s result.”
Piera will be looking to back up the career best result she recorded at last year’s Killington Cup, becoming the first NZ racer in 15 years to achieve a top 30 result and score World Cup points in Slalom.
Alice Robinson is not entered for tomorrow’s Slalom. The next World Cup race in her preferred discipline of Giant Slalom is scheduled to take place in Courchevel, France on 17 December.
Italy’s Marta Bassino won her maiden World Cup race at Killington today, ahead of compatriot Federica Brignone, who won this race last year. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) finished third.