Skier Meta Hrovat wins bronze at World Cup finals

Lenzerheide – Slovenian alpine skier Meta Hrovat placed third in women’s giant slalom at the FIS World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Sunday in what is her fourth podium finish in her career. New Zealand’s Alice Robinson won the race.

Hrovat landed her second podium this season with today’s third place after she already won bronze in giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The Lenzerheide slopes seem to be to her liking as she podiumed for the first time in World Cup races on this hill in 2018.

“This route really works for me. The upper part is challenging, I feel good there, I was already feeling my skis in the morning while warming up, and the result is here,” she said after the race.

After the first run, the 23-year-old ranked second along with Italy’s Marta Bassino, being behind Mikaela Shiffrin of the US by a mere 0.10 seconds.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Robinson, who was fourth after the first run, claimed victory in the end, toppling Shiffrin, who won silver. Hrovat trailed the winner by 0.48 seconds.

After many ups and downs this season, she ranked ninth in the World Cup women’s giant slalom standings as the best Slovenian skier in the discipline. For the second consecutive season, Hrovat is also the best Slovenian female skier according to the final overall standings, scoring 252 points to rank 25th.

“The season ended on a high note,” she said, adding that she would aim even higher in the next season.

Her fellow skier Ana Bucik failed to finish the first run today, skiing out of the race.