New Zealand Skier Robinson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 21, 2021 Updated: December 21, 2021

One of the southern hemisphere’s top hopes for a medal at the Winter Olympics has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss several World Cup races.

Alice Robinson of New Zealand writes on Instagram, “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive to COVID- 19 this past week while at my base in Italy and have been in isolation since. … I’m doing fine and now I’m just aiming to recover as quickly as I can, and try to get back on the slopes as soon as possible.”

Robsinon had to sit out a super-G in Val d’Isere, France, on Sunday and will also miss back-to-back giant slaloms at nearby Courchevel on Tuesday, and Wednesday.

A former junior world champion, the 20-year-old Robinson has won three World Cup giant slaloms and finished fourth in the discipline at last season’s world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Lara Gut-Behrami, the reigning world champion in giant slalom and super-G, also recently tested positive and is also missing the races in France.

The Beijing Games open Feb. 4.