Britain’s Dave Ryding records Best Career result – Dave Ryding an alpine skier from Great Britain, competed for Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics, His best result was a 27th place in the slalom. Now he has recorded the best British alphine result for 15 years as he finished a career-high sixth at a world cup slalom in Finland.
Only Scot Alain Baxter has finished higher in a World Cup slalom, when he was fourth in Are, Sweden, in 2001. Konrad Bartelski holds the best British alpine result after coming second in a downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy, 35 years ago.Dave Ryding, from Lancashire, had never previously finished in the top 10.
Dave who has never finished in the top 10 said “He was delighted, because he is sure no-one expected a Brit in the top six”.
He further said that;
” he has been skiing well and performing in training but this was better than he would have expected.
“I really had to focus before the second run and give it everything to stay up the rankings. I was aiming to get a sold top 15, so sixth is amazing.” he said.
Dave Ryding does not receive UK Sport funding as he builds up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be the 29-year-old’s third Games.
In Finland, Dave was fourth after the first run of two on a foggy Levi course but a couple of errors cost him a podium place. Austrian world number one Marcel Hirscher claimed his 40th World Cup victory ahead of compatriot Michael Matt, with Italy’s Manfred Molgg third.
Dave’s result capped a successful weekend for British winter sports as snowboarders Aimee Fuller and Billy Morgan finished fourth and seventh respectively at a World Cup big air in Milan.
Big air will make its debut in the Pyeongchang Olympics in February 2018.
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