Alice Robinson, the 17-year-old who leads the women’s World Cup standings in giant slalom after winning the first race of the season, will miss the next women’s GS World Cup race in Killington, Vt., due to injury.
Robinson announced on Wednesday, Nov. 5 on her Instagram account that a training crash before the Sölden race left her with a bone bruise. She proceeded to start in the Oct. 26 World Cup opener in Sölden despite the injury, but upon returning home to New Zealand and getting a scan of her knee, doctors recommended rest and rehab before she returns to the start gate.
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“I thought everything was all good so continued to ski and obviously race,” Robinson shared on Instagram. “However we decided to get a scan when I got back home and it showed enough bone bruising that I’ve been advised by doctors that I need some time off to let it heal. To take the safe road I won’t be starting the next World Cup in Killington … It’s a tough pill to swallow seeing I’ve already been skiing on it and racing, but I’m going to listen to the experts and not put myself at risk of more damage.”
Robinson plans to return to the World Cup circuit in December, when the ladies will descend on Courchevel, France on Dec. 17 for the third giant slalom event of the season.
Meanwhile, Mikaela Shiffrin, a Burke Mountain Academy alum who spent many a training day on Vermont’s slopes, will likely take advantage of her successful Killington track record and Robinson’s absence to secure her first wins of the season in Killington’s giant slalom on Nov. 30 and slalom on Dec. 1.