Skiing: Kiwi Alice Robinson wins maiden World Cup gold in giant slalom opener

Kiwi teenager Alice Robinson won the opening World Cup event of the giant slalom ski season in Sölden, Austria on Sunday (NZ time). 

The 17-year-old claimed gold after completing her two runs 0.06sec quicker than Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, seeking a fourth consecutive overall title.

Robinson trailed American Shiffrin by 0.14s after her first run, but stormed home with a combined time of 2m 17.36s to win her first World Cup title, adding to the silver medal she claimed in the finals in Andorra last season.

Shiffrin's 2m 17.42s was enough for second place ahead of France's Tessa Worley in third with 2m 17.72s.

"It's like a dream for me, and I'm still in shock," Robinson said.

"I was a bit nervous for the second run, but I just tried to hold it together, keep my nerves together and enjoy it.

"To be honest, I won by such a small margin against Mikaela I still feel really lucky to stand here."

Shiffrin described Robinson's performance as "incredible'. 

"There's always disappointment when you come through the finish after the lead in the first run, you see the red light.

"Alice skied just incredible today and just like she skied in Andorra [at the World Cup Finals] last year.

"This nothing-to-lose style, I can remember that in myself, so watching her is like taking a trip back in time."

The next event takes place at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont next month.