Ryding positive after final World Cup before Sochi

29 January 2014 / 06:46

Dave Ryding was determined to accentuate the positive after an improved performance in the final slalom World Cup before next month's Olympics.

Ryding, who will make his second Olympic appearance in Sochi and look to improve on his 27th place in Vancouver, was looking to rebound from a disappointing display in Wengen last weekend.

And despite missing qualification for a second run again under the lights in Schladming, he insists he has 'turned the corner' after finishing 42nd, 12 places and seven tenths of a second away from getting another go.

Ryding's event is one of the last at the Games and the 27-year old - the only British men's alpine skier in Sochi - will be the final member of Team GB to arrive in Russia.

He will spend the next few weeks back on the Europa Cup tour, in which he is defending slalom champion, in Germany and Bulgaria.

"Because you needed to acclimatise I was away for a long-time before Vancouver and slalom is also one of the last events at the Games," he said.

"There was too much waiting around and the Olympics is such a pressured and intense environment to be in. It will be better in Sochi because I will probably stay at my own base until about five days beforehand. I think that flexibility will help my performance.

"There aren't many training pistes at the Olympics, so I'll keep competing as long as I can - I think that will work better for me."

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