Dave Ryding began skiing aged six on his local dry slope of Pendle, while dad Carl played the role of coach from age 11.
He shocked the alpine skiing world when he claimed Britain’s first World Cup skiing podium for 36 years when he took slalom silver in Kitzbuhel in January 2017.
But to those in the know it was less of a shock. Ryding has been steadily improving in recent years and had already scored a sixth-place finish in Levi, Finland, in November 2016, and seventh in Zagreb in early 2017.
The man from Bretherton then almost made another trip to the podium in Stockholm in the parallel slalom, but finished an agonising fourth, just 0.06s off a bronze medal.