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Mikaela Shiffrin dethroned by 17-year-old Alice Robinson

Mikaela Shiffrin dethroned by 17-year-old Alice Robinson

Posted by Simon Tjernström

2019-10-28 12:35

17-year-old Alice Robinson shocked the world by pushing Mikaela Shiffrin into second place at this seasons first race.

The year’s first race, the giant slalom in the steeps of Sölden. Everything went according to plan in the mind of Mikaela Shiffrin. As we grown accustomed to, she skied fantastic in the first run. A second or more faster than heavy hitters such as Tessa Worley, Gisin and Holdener. By lunch I’m sure she thought it was just another day and season at the office. Winning by default. But that was before Alice Robinson left the start gate.

“I’m pretty shocked, but super happy and super excited,” said Robinson. “I was a bit nervous for the second run, but I just tried to hold it together. Just keep my nerves at bay and just try and enjoy it. Yeah, that’s what I did. I’m happy with it.”

The 17-year-old from New Zeeland, who finished 17th last year at World Championships in Åre, is the first Kiwi to win a World Cup in 22 years. She is also the youngest ever to win the season opener in Sölden. Breaking Mikaela Shiffrin’s old record.

With a .14 deficit after the morning run, Alice Robinson proved that this years season is well worth watching.

Robinson denied Shiffrin her 61st World Cup win. Shiffrin is one win shy of 4th place all time behind Austrian Anne-Marie Moser-Proell.


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