Dave Ryding – FIS Kitzbuhel World Cup

Dave Ryding matched Britain’s best ever alpine World Cup result when he finished second in the Kitzbuhel slalom in Austria. Dave started sking at a very young age and initially learnt his racing skills on the dry slopes of the UK. A great background.

He was leading after the first run but was beaten by home favourite Marcel Hirscher to record the first podium of his career.

It was the best result for just over 35 years, since Konrad Bartelski came second in a downhill in Italy in 1981.

Dave had already finished sixth and seventh already this season.

Dave, who learnt to ski on a dry slope at Pendle Ski Club, has been a member of the British ski team since 2006 and competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing 17th.

The alpine ski World Cup was formed in 1967 and, in 50 years of racing, Ryding and Bartelski are the only Britons to finish on the podium.

When Bartelski did it in Val Gardena, Italy, it led a French commentator to say: “This is not possible, he is English!”

The previous best World Cup slalom result by a Briton was Scot Alain Baxter’s fourth place in Are, Sweden in 2001.

In the pre-World Cup era, Britain’s Gordon Cleaver won the combined race on the Kitzbuhel’s Hahnenkamm course in 1931.

While the alpine team are no longer funded by UK Sport, the Great British freestyle ski and snowboard team are.

Following Jenny Jones’ historic slopestyle bronze in Sochi, they will receive £4.9m for the four-year cycle leading to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

They have had numerous World Cup successes with Katie Ormerod becoming the first snowboarder to win a World Cup big air, while cousin Jamie Nicholls has won in slopestyle, Lesley McKenna in halfpipe and Zoe Gillings-Brier in snowboardcross. Skier James Woods has won three World Cup slopestyle events.

 


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