New Zealand Alpine Nationals: Robinson doubles up, Barwood retains
Alice Robinson picks up a pair of slalom titles as Olympian Adam Barwood successfully defends national crown in Queenstown …
A day after the Coronet Cup was cancelled due to the piste, or slope, being too soft for racing, an overnight freeze saw a start list of 60 female and 83 male racers back on track at the 2017 New Zealand Alpine National Championships in Queenstown on Thursday.
In the end, it was 15-year-old Alice Robinson who bookended her giant slalom title earned on Monday with the women’s slalom title as well, and 2014 Olympian Adam Barwood successfully defending his men’s slalom crown.
“I wasn’t expecting to win the slalom title, I’ve been more focused on training GS,” said Robinson. “I’m pretty excited, it’s a good bonus.”
Robinson skied from 49 to fourth to start the day just 0.97 seconds behind race leader and eventual overall winner Bettina Schneeberger of Switzerland.
The Queenstowner impressed with another strong run to claim her second national title as well as pushing through into third for a spot on the overall podium.
“I wasn’t expecting to win the slalom title, I’ve been more focused on training GS,” she said. “I’m pretty excited, it’s a good bonus.”
Schneeberger topped the women’s results table with American Storm Klomhaus in second. Hawke’s Bay native Piera Hudson finished fifth overall, second on the national podium, with Christchurch’s Georgia Bushell third fastest of the Kiwis.
In men’s action, the fellow Queenstown native played it safe on his first run of the day, which put him fourth overall — 1.07 seconds behind Germany’s Julian Rauchfuss.
However, the 25-year-old closed the gap to the lead to finish just 0.28s behind overall winner Krystof Kryzl (CZE) and successfully retain his national title. Richard Leitgeb (AUT) finished second and Rauchfuss third.
“I’m really happy to keep the title,” said Barwood. “After missing out on the GS on Monday, it’s a bit of a relief. The result should help improve my world ranking as well.”
Sam Andrews (Wanaka) was the second fastest New Zealander with Ben Loeffen-Gallagher (Christchurch) rounding out the national podium in third.