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ALL EYES ON RYDING... - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Friday January 4, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

GB's best ever skier goes again this weekend after his World Cup silver on New Year's Day. Can Dave deliver again? NEW





Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday 6th of January 2019.

Will it be etched in the GB snowsports record books?

The day GB won its first ever World Cup gold medal.

We may be getting a bit over-excited and are somewhat premature here at PlanetSKI, but it is perhaps not as fanciful as it sounds.

Dave Ryding is on a roll and at the top of his game.

He has just beaten the greatest Austrian skier ever, Marcel Hirscher, in a parallel slalom World Cup event in Oslo.

He also beat the current Olympic slalom champion and last year's winner in Oslo, Sweden's Andre Myhrer, in the semi final.

It was not an easy path to silver.

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Our live and updated coverage on PlanetSKI, as we followed the race, had thousands upon thousands of views.

On Facebook our coverage had a reach of 34,000 and engagement of 4,600 with almost 1,000 likes.

And then there were the hundreds and hundreds of comments and shares.

He has captured the imagination of the snowsports world and it is not an exaggeration to say that Dave Ryding is beginning to reach the attention of the wider nation.

We have been following the exploits of The Rocket for many seasons, but now he has been picked up by the mainstream media.

He took the front page photo on The Times this week:

It was 2 days after the event and they got the caption wrong (it was a World Cup not the World Championships), but we'll forgive the paper that. Wink

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And then a feature on Page 5:

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His achievements have also been reported on some of the main BBC sports bulletins plus in other newspapers and outlets.

And he is the nicest man you can ever have the pleasure to meet.

And we have met him and interviewed him a few times:

It is fair to say GB snowsports fans will be on the edge of their seats on Sunday.

We will be off the edge.

Expectations are high, but they are realistic.

Dave Ryding is currently one of the best slalom skiers in the world and we firmly believe his time will come.

Hopefully this weekend... if not later.

Last year he made the Top 10 in Zagreb:

The silver medallist has touched down already in Zagreb for the race on Sunday.

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And fans are supporting Ryding both out there and via social media.

Comments on Instagram read:

@Sharoddie All the best for Sunday, you won't hear me but I will be shouting from the UK. 👍👍

@tim8173 Go go go no stopping you now... you found the touch :) vas-y!!!!!!

@arollabraoule a next podium for you

@ali.mac.0707 #sendit #therocket

He's even got the Swedes on side:

@jannerundlof Good luck in Zagreb from the Swedish fan club🇸🇪

As well as some advice:

@john_a_berry I seem to recall a 2nd run charge last time in Zagreb? And watch out for the snowballs!

This keen supporter might be remembering Ryding competing last year in Zagreb, where he recorded his third top-10 finish of the season, coming seventh in the slalom World Cup event.

Here at PlanetSKI we have everything crossed and will be watching closely, bringing you news....and the build up.

The first run of the World Cup men's slalom from Zagreb will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 11am on Sunday. The second run will be on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from 2:30pm.

The first episode of Ski Sunday for 2019 will also be telecast from Zagreb on BBC 2 from 5:15pm GMT.



And don't forget to check out the 10th edition of the Ski Race Podcast, presented by Ed Drake and Ben Clark.

They shared an interesting and enthusiastic discussion on how Dave Ryding has set his mark for the season.

Listen to the animated discussion in the podcast below.

Follow this link to subscribe to the Ski Racing podcast on iTunes.

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