Victory in Kitzbühel World Cup Race
Dave Ryding, a Lancashire lad whose first race was at the age of eight on a dry slope, beat all the world’s top skiers in the first leg of the Kitzbühel World Cup slalom on 22 January 2017. Overall he finished second after both legs to Marcel Hirscher of Austria, and it was the first time he’d made the podium in his career.
Furthermore, it was the best result for a British skier for 35 years, since Konrad Bartelski came second in the downhill in Italy in 1981.
Ryding told BBC Sport: “The first run was just insane. I knew I had skied it clean, but couldn’t believe it when I crossed the finish line. In between runs I tried not to get the heart rate up or get stressed. I was trying to tell myself I wasn’t the last one to go but it was tough. It was a mental battle with myself but I won the mental battle. Hirscher skied so well, so coming second almost felt like a victory. It’s crazy. I’m just really proud of what I’ve achieved.”