Ryding targets World Cup win after second in Oslo
Alpine Skiing

Ryding targets World Cup win after second in Oslo

02 January 2019 / 07:56
Dave Ryding equalled the best-ever World Cup result by a British skier but he has already set his sights on improving on the second place he managed in Oslo.


Ryding beat triple Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher on his way to qualifying for the final of the parallel slalom where he was beaten by Austria’s Marcel Schwarz.

That matched the second place the 32-year-old managed in Kitzbuhel last year and Ryding has set his sights on going one better and winning a World Cup event.

“I’ll look back at the end of my career and see where I’m at, but I just want to keep working, keep learning, keep getting better and maybe – you never know – maybe go that one step more,” he said.

“I just need to keep believing in myself a bit more than I was at the start.

“The depth in men’s slalom is crazy at the moment, but if I keep putting myself in the position then maybe one day I’ll pick it up.”

 

It was a remarkable performance from Ryding, who knocked out Hirscher in the quarter-finals, finishing 0.28 seconds ahead of him on the first run before the great Austrian missed a gate on the second.

He then proceeded to get the better of Andre Myhrer in the semi-finals before Schwarz edged him on the first run and Ryding missed a gate on the second in the final.

Ryding is now up sixth in the slalom World Cup standings with Hirscher and Schwarz leading the way in first and second.

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