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Teen Alice Robinson delivers error-free 2nd run for giant slalom win

New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson overtook first-run leader Petra Vlhova to win a women's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday in Slovenia and claim a second career victory.

U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin taking indefinite break from racing after father's death

Alice Robinson of New Zealand celebrates her victory at Saturday's giant slalom World Cup in Kranjska Gora Slovenia. She beat first-run leader Petra Vlhova by 0.34 seconds. (Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson overtook first-run leader Petra Vlhova to win a women's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday and claim a second career victory.

Almost four months after edging out Mikaela Shiffrin in the season opener, and in the absence of the Olympic GS champion from the United States this time, the 18-year-old Robinson took centre stage in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

While she made a costly mistake in the first leg to concede the lead to Vlhova, Robinson avoided errors in a similarly attacking final run to beat the Slovakian skier by 0.34 seconds.

Slovenia's Meta Hrovat and Switzerland's Wendy Holdener shared third place as they both earned a second career podium result in giant slalom.

WATCH | Alice Robinson earns her 2nd World Cup victory:

Robinson posts a combined two-run time of 1:54.32 seconds in Kranjska Gora.  1:39

Shiffrin, the three-time overall World Cup champion, is taking an indefinite break from racing following the death of her father Jeff almost two weeks ago.

"At this point we have no information to share about a return to Europe or a return to competition," U.S. team coach Magnus Andersson said on the eve of the race.

Brignone narrows gap to Shiffrin

Vlhova shared victory with Federica Brignone in the previous GS in Sestriere a month ago. The Italian skier, who was in the top five in all the previous GS events this season, placed eighth on Saturday, more than two seconds off the pace.

While Brignone remained on top of the GS standings, she closed the gap to leader Shiffrin in the overall rankings to 113 points.

Two-time former world champion Tessa Worley of France was ninth on her return from a seven-week injury layoff.

The races were moved from another Slovenian resort, Maribor, because of a lack of snow and mild temperatures.

The last time women's World Cup races were held in Kranjska Gora in 2018, Shiffrin won both the GS and the slalom.

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