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The World Junior Ski Championships kicked off in Val di Fassa, Italy, on February 19th, 2018. New Zealand’s Alice Robinson became the first champion of the series, winning the women’s giant slalom by 1.o6 seconds over Switzerland’s Camille Rast. Norway’s Kaja Norbye trailed Rast by 0.10 seconds to finish third.

Robinson won the second run of the giant slalom at the World Championships in Are, Sweden last week, finishing 17th overall. She carried that momentum over with her into Val di Fassa, winning the second run to overcome Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat, who was unable to finish her second run. Her win marks the first world title for a New Zealand athlete in the history of the Junior World Championships.

AJ Hurt had the best result for the United States, finishing seventh, 1.80 seconds off of Robinson’s winning time. Her teammate Keely Cashman was the only other American athlete able to break into the top 30, finishing 28th overall.

Top 10

  1. Alice Robinson (NZL): 1:54.99
  2. Camille Rast (SUI): +1.06
  3. Kaja Norbye (NOR): +1.16
  4. Neja Dvornik (SLO): +1.23
  5. Julia Scheib (AUT): +1.47
  6. Riikka Honkanen (FIN): +1.63
  7. AJ Hurt (USA): +1.80
  8. Doriane Escane (FRA): +2.20
  9. Ali Nullmeyer (CAN): +2.43
  10. Lindy Etzensperger (SUI): +2.47

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Mackenzie Moran
Staff Writer
- Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten.​ When s​he moved out west in search of mountains, she attended the University of Oregon, where she achieved degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. She raced USCSA and was captain of the UO Alpine Ski Team. She currently resides in Salt Lake City and serves as the Women's World Cup Staff Writer for Ski Racing Media.
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