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, was originally advised to skip the next women’s GS World Cup race in Killington, Vt., due to injury. After healing faster than expected, she now plans to start in Killington.
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.
But on Nov. 25 Robinson shared via Instagram that a recent MRI scan showed that her injury had healed faster than expected, allowing doctors to clear her for skiing ahead of schedule. She has already returned to training on snow in Colorado and now hopes to be ready to race in the Killington GS on Nov. 30.
"I haven’t got any swelling or pain, and [training] is going well," she posted on Instagram. "So now the plan has changed and I’m going to head to Killington, and continue to train for a couple more days and then make the final decision about racing on Friday. As a wise man once told me YOLO."
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Original Statement Posted on Nov. 5
“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.”