Coronavirus: Kiwi Alice Robinson's ski season ends prematurely

The ski season has come to an early end for Kiwi giant slalom sensation Alice Robinson, with the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) cancelling what was the final two rounds due to coronavirus.

On Thursday (NZ time), the FIS confirmed this weekend's World Cup races in Are, Sweden would be cancelled, after recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

"The race in Sweden has been called off, so we have no races left," Robinson told Newshub. 

"The last three races have been cancelled, which is disappointing, but it is for the health and safety of everyone around, so it was a smart decision.

"I've just had my best result and I was going to try improve my overall standings in the final races, but what can you do in this situation?"

The announcement comes a week after the World Cup finals in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, where Robinson finished second last season, were called off.

Last month, poor weather conditions curtailed an event in Ofterschwang, Germany. 

Three members of the sponsor support team at the FIS World Cup have been placed under quarantine, after experiencing coronavirus symptoms. 

One member showed symptoms in Norway and immediately went into self-quarantine. He subsequently tested positive last night.

Members of the support team travelled to Are and were immediately placed in quarantine, before coming in contact with anyone in the area. 

Robinson, 18, finishes the 2019/20 season fifth overall. She won the opening race of the season in Austria and what became the final race in Slovenia last month. 

Alice Robinson.
Alice Robinson. Photo credit: Photosport

Despite the early finish to the season, Robinson is satisfied with what she's achieved. 

Her two wins matched those of Italian Federica Brignone, who finishes top of the giant slalom standings. 

"My skiing has been good, but it's about gaining more consistency for the future. 

"I've learnt lots from preparation to new tracks and how to deal with crazy circumstances like we've had this season with injuries, races getting cancels, rescheduled. 

"You always have to be on your game."

Robinson, the Emerging Talent winner at last month's Halberg Awards, will return home to New Zealand to begin preparation for the 2020/21 season.