World Cup Alpine Season Has Begun -- Shiffrin Takes Second Place

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The first Giant Slalom race for the Ladies of the 2019/2020 has been run and the winners took their places on the podium.

Favorite Mikaela Shiffrin did make the podium, but not in the top spot as she was favored to do. First place went to teenage rising star from New Zealand, Alice Robinson. She was able to edge out Shiffrin by just 0.06 seconds for her first-ever World Cup victory.

“It’s like a dream for me and I’m still in shock. To be honest, I won by such a small margin against Mikaela, I still feel really lucky to stand here.” - Alice Robison

Shiffrin was in the top spot after the first run, being close to a full second ahead of anyone else on the field. Robison was the only woman to remain close to Shiffrin's time, being 0.14 behind after the first run.

The podium was rounded out with French skier Tessa Worley, who finished a total of 0.36 behind Robinson to take third place. A strong second run allowed Worley to move up three spots to make the podium this morning.

Will the Kiwi teenager prove to be a true rival to the dominant Mikaela Shiffrin? That's a silly question to ask as this was only the first race of the season, but Robison does have the ability. To the point of rivals, Shiffrin's biggest rival in this past season and the only woman to beat Shiffrin in the Slalom that season, Petra Vlhova, finished this first race in 14th, almost two full seconds behind the winner.

The GS action will continue tomorrow as the Men get their first race of the season, also from Soelden, Austria.

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