Dave Ryding

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David Ryding
Dave Ryding in action.jpg
Ryding in Hammarbybacken, January 2018
Personal information
Born (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 32)
Bretherton, England
Alma materRunshaw College
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight163 lb (74 kg)[2]
CountryGreat Britain
SportAlpine skiing
ClubKandahar Ski Club[3]
Coached byTristan Glasse-Davies[4]

David Ryding (born 5 December 1986) is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Great Britain and specialises in slalom. He has competed in three Olympics, four World Championships, and won the Europa Cup. His best World Cup result is a runner-up in the slalom in Kitzbühel, his sole podium.


Born in Bretherton, England, Ryding started competing on dry ski slopes at the age of eight and first skied on snow aged 12. He continued racing on dry slopes until the age of 21.[4] His younger sister Joanna was also a competitive skier who won several FIS Races before retiring after a crash in 2011. He started competing on the Europa Cup in 2007 and made his World Cup debut in December 2009.[5][6] Ryding won his first British national senior title in 2008, defeating Alain Baxter, who was competing in his final British championships and who Ryding described as his role model during his teenage years.[4] Ryding competed for Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[7] His best result was a 27th place in slalom.[8] After the Games he started working with coach Tristan Glasse-Davies, who suggested that Ryding should work on his technique by training in indoor snow parks.[4] His first points in the FIS World Cup were taken in the opening slalom race of the 2013 season, a 26th place in Levi, Finland in November 2012.[9]

In the final Europa Cup slalom of the 2013 season at Kranjska Gora, Ryding needed a solid result to win the season long Europa Cup slalom competition. In 27th place after the first run, he posted the fastest time in run 2 to finish ninth and secured the season title. Ryding was the first British skier to win the season title at the Alpine Skiing European second-tier.[10] He competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, finishing 17th in the slalom at Rosa Khutor.[11] Following the Games, Glasse-Davies diagnosed that Ryding's technique on left-footed turns needed to be improved: through technical training and repetitive exercise they broke down and rebuilt Ryding's left-footed technique.[4]

He scored his second points finish in a World Cup slalom in Åre in December 2014, finishing 17th - the best World Cup result for a British alpine skier since Chemmy Alcott finished in the same position in a race at Garmisch in March 2010,[12] and repeated the feat with a 16th place in the Madonna di Campiglio slalom later that month and 24th, 25th and 28th positions in the Adelboden, Wengen and Schladming slaloms in January 2015.[3] Ryding finished the 2015 season in 30th place in the slalom standings.[13]

Ryding started his campaign in the 2016 season with a new personal best at the season's first slalom competition in Val-d'Isère, where he finished 12th.[3] He went on to qualify for the second run in every World Cup slalom up to the penultimate round in Kranjska Gora and became the fourth Briton in the history of the World Cup to qualify for the World Cup Finals, after Alain Baxter, Finlay Mickel and Alcott.[14][15] He finished 22nd in the slalom final standings.[16]

In the first slalom of the 2017 season in Levi, Ryding finished sixth after holding fourth place after the first run. This was his first top ten finish in a World Cup race and the best result for a British alpine ski racer since Baxter took a fourth place in Åre in 2001.[17] He followed it up with a second top ten finish at the Snow King Trophy race in Zagreb in January 2017, where he placed seventh.[18]

Later that month, Ryding gained his first World Cup podium, and a British record in the Hahnenkamm slalom on the Ganslernhang at Kitzbühel: after holding the lead after the first run, he finished in second place, behind Austrian Marcel Hirscher and ahead of his training partner Aleksandr Khoroshilov. Ryding became only the second British man to achieve a World Cup alpine podium, after Konrad Bartelski, who finished second in the Val Gardena downhill in 1981, and only the fourth Briton to take a World Cup podium (after Bartelski, Gina Hathorn and Divina Galica, who took top three finishes on the women's circuit in 1967 and 1968 respectively).[19] In an interview later that year, Ryding said that as he had never completed two runs at Kitzbühel, he had engaged in extensive video analysis of Fritz Dopfer's fastest first run in the previous year's Hahnenkamm slalom ahead of the race, watching it "70 times at least" to observe how Dopfer adapted to the piste's terrain changes.[4] Ryding went on to finish 11th in the slalom at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, the best result for a British skier at a World Championships since 2005.[4] Ryding finished the season in eighth place in the World Cup slalom classification.[20]

At the 2018 season's opening slalom in Levi, Ryding led the competition after the first run. In the second run, Ryding extended his lead from 0.14 to 0.51 seconds before hitting a rut and missing a gate within sight of the finish.[21] At a parallel slalom in Oslo on New Year's Day 2018, Ryding took the best result of his season to that point by finishing fourth, knocking out Marcel Hirscher in the quarter finals along the way.[22] Later that month at the Kitzbühel slalom, Ryding struggled in the first run, placing 25th, but set the fastest time on the second run to climb up to ninth place.[23] At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongchang, South Korea, Ryding finished the first run of the slalom in 13th place before moving up to finish ninth after the second run, exactly half a second behind bronze medal winner Michael Matt. This was the best Olympic result for a British alpine skier since Martin Bell's eighth place in the men's downhill in 1988, excepting Alain Baxter's third in the men's slalom in 2002, from which he was disqualified.[24][25] He went on the finish the season 11th in the World Cup slalom standings.[26]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
2013 26 136 51
2014 27
2015 28 99 30
2016 29 70 22
2017 30 23 8
2018 31 34 11
Dave Ryding in Hammarbybacken, January 2018
Dave Ryding in Hammarbybacken, January 2018
  • Standings through 18 March 2018

Top ten finishes[edit]

  • 1 podium – (1 SL)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2017 13 Nov 2016 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom 6th
5 Jan 2017 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 7th
22 Jan 2017 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom 2nd
24 Jan 2017 Austria Schladming, Austria Slalom 10th
31 Jan 2017 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom 4th
19 Mar 2017 United States Aspen, USA Slalom 8th
2018 22 Dec 2017 Italy Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom 6th
1 Jan 2018 Norway Oslo, Norway Parallel slalom 4th
4 Jan 2018 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 7th
21 Jan 2018 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom 9th
30 Jan 2018 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom 9th

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2009 22 DNF1 41
2011 24 DNF1 39
2013 26 DNF2
2015 28 DNF1
2017 30 11

Olympic results Olympic rings without rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2010 23 27 47
2014 27 17
2018 31 9


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