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RYDING RACES AGAIN - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Saturday January 20, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

The GB slalom racer was in action in the night race at Schladming. It follows a Top 10 in Kitzbuehel including the fastest run of any racer. UPDATED

Dave Ryding raced 15th in the first run.

Here's Ryding's First run at Schladming in the Men's Slalom.

After his first run he was in joint 12th poisiton with 51.69 - that's 2.02 seconds off the leading time set by the Austrian, Marcel Hirscher.

Here's Ryding skiing his second run this evening at Schladming


He couldn't improve on his first run standing and came 12th overall.

Ryding in the start gateRyding in the start gate














The race was won by the Austrian Marcel Hirscher.

However the event was marred by snowballs being thrown at the Norwegian, Henrik Kristoffersen, on his second run.

"It's really a lack of respect... a race in Schladming is like a home race for me so it's not cool," Kristoffersen told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Kristoffersen did not appear to be affected on the course and came second overall.

Schladming in Austria is probably the most famous slalom race of the winter with huge crowds lining the course.

Ryding: back in actionRyding: back in action











Ryding was 25th after his first run in the slalom in Kitzbuhel on Sunday but then put in a stormer.

At 52.52 seconds it was the fastest run of any racer.

He will be hoping he can repeat his second run tonight - not his first one.

Kitzbuehel was the scene of his silver last season and was the best result for a GB alpine ski racer for 35 years.

With the 2018 Winter Olympics just a few weeks away a good performance would set him up well.

No pressure this time around then.

However after his first run he was way down the field in 25th place - he would have been very disappointed.

He was 2.89 seconds behind the leader, Henrik Kristoffersen from Norway.

For his second run he had nothing to loose and no option except to go for it.

And go for it he did, attacking the gates as if his life depended on it.

He put in the fastest run of any of the other racers across both their runs.

It was a staggering performance, but the slalom is about two runs not one.

He will take much confidence from it ahead of Schladming later this week and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month.

He ended up in a respectable 9th position.

"Dodge duck dip dive and fight like a beaver. .. man the Hahnenkammrennen is one cool, but savage piste.. clawed myself back to 9th which was really pleasing!" Dave said afterwards.

Just think what might have been if he had put in a half decent first run...

Into the Top TenInto the Top Ten

The race was won by Henrik Kristoffersen with the Austrian Marcel Hirscher second and Daniel Yule from Switzerland in third place.

Ryding in KitzbuhelRyding in Kitzbuhel

Dave has had a good season so far, now with four top ten places, but has not made it onto the podium and by his own admissions he was disappointed with his performance in Wengen last week.

"Too many rookie errors in my skiing right now.. it was a roller coaster ride but bottom line I need to be better," he said after the race in Wengen.

He will be disappointed with his first run in Kitzbuehel but very, very pleased with his second run.

Those in the know have been tipping Ryding for glory for a while and this time last year his performance at Kitzbuhel brought his talent to the attention of a wider audience. 
The stuff of dreamsThe stuff of dreams

So, what of this year?  


The Rocket' has described Kitzbuehel as "the Wembley of alpine skiing". 

He started in 14th place.

Slalom start listSlalom start list

Ryding's results so far this season:

  • Levi- Did not finish
  • Val d'Isere - 19th
  • Madonna di Campiglio - 6th
  • Oslo - 4th
  • Zagreb - 7th
  • Adelboden - joint 12th 
  • Wengen - DNF
Can he do it again?Can he do it again?


Elsewhere it is a busy and nail-biting time for the GB snowsport athletes.                   

The British Ski and Snowboard part of Team GB in PyeongChang will be announced next week.

The final World Cups before selectors sit down are taking place over the coming days.    

The Cross Country team has concluded it's pre-Olympic World Cup schedule and will not be taking part at the event in Slovenia.

However a host of other athletes are already out competing or preparing for action over the weekend as the countdown to PyeongChang enters its final phase.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups   Aerials - Lake Placid USA - Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January  

A further three Freeski World Cups are being held across North America over the coming days with eight British athletes in action.  

Lloyd Wallace was not happy with his performance in Deer Valley last weekend but he has chances to make amends with a pair of World Cups in Lake Placid on Friday and Saturday.

Wallace has previously competed in four World Cups at Lake Placid and has finished inside the top 20 on the last two occasions.  

Ski Cross - Nakiska CAN - Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January

Emily Sarsfield, Emma Peters, Pamela Thorburn and Ollie Davies are all lining up at Nakiska for the final Ski Cross World Cup before the Winter Olympic Games. 

Following the World Cup, Liz Stevenson will join the squad for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races early next week.  

Moguls -   Tremblant CAN - Saturday 20 January
And in Canada, the British Moguls Team will be in action at Tremblant. Makayla Gerken Schofield, Thomas Gerken Schofield and Max Willis are all in action, each competing in their seventh World Cup of the campaign. 

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