Delancey British Alpine Team
In a memorable day for British Alpine skiing, Dave Ryding fulfilled a dream, finishing second in the Slalom World Cup in Kitzbuehel, Austria, matching Great Britain’s best ever Alpine World Cup result.
The Delancey British Alpine Team athlete put in the performance of his life as he clocked the fastest time in run one, meaning he would be the last racer down the tricky Kitzbuehel course for the second run. Ryding held his nerve and skied another storming run to eventually claim second place behind local favourite, Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher.
This was Ryding’s sixth top 15 finish of the season and Britain’s best result in an Alpine World Cup for 35 years, matching Konrad Bartelski’s second place in a Downhill World Cup in 1981.
Ryding said after the race: "It is an insane feeling. After the first run I knew I had skied it clean, but couldn't believe it when I crossed the finish line. After the second run I just thought to myself 'I've done it!'. Hirscher skied so well, so coming second almost felt like a victory.
Although I knew Kitzbuehel would suit me I wasn't expecting a podium this season. But I am a consistent skier and I have been in the top 15 or 10 consistently this season so maybe I shouldn't be surprised. This result is for my supporters, family, girlfriend, sponsors and of course my coaches. They do the work of two men and they have made this possible.”
Ryding will race again tomorrow in the famous Schladming World Cup night Slalom. The race will be shown on BBC’s red button and iPlayer as well as the first run on Eurosport. The first run begins at 16.45 GMT with the second run at 19.45 GMT.
Team mate Alex Tilley will also feature in a World Cup on Tuesday, taking on the GS in Kronplatz, Italy. This follows Tilley’s strong GS showing in the YongPyong Far Eastern Cup races in which she placed 1st and 2nd.
Iain Innes, will today begin his first Europa Cup campaign in Meribel, France. Innes is due to race in the Super G races today, followed by Alpine Combined and Downhill races on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
British Telemark star Jasmin Taylor claimed an exceptional result at the Telemark World Cup in La Thuile, Italy at the end of last week, taking second position in the Sprint to stand on the podium for the first time this season. She followed this up with a fourth place in the Classic.
In the men’s races, Jasper Taylor put in the best result in La Thuile for Great Britain, finishing 15th in the Sprint and 15th again in the Classic. Sion Bingham finished in 22nd position in the Sprint, but DNF in the Classic. Louis Hatchwell unfortunately DNF in both races.
In what was a busy few days for the British Telemark Team, racing continued into the weekend, this time with a Sprint and Parallel Sprint in Meribel, France. Jasmin Taylor again clocked the best results for Britain, finishing 5th in the Parallel Sprint and 7th in the Sprint. She was joined by teammate Naila Cardwell Lefebvre who finished 9th in the Parallel Sprint and 15th in the Sprint.
For the men, there was a big British turnout, with Louis Hatchwell finishing in 21st, Jasper Taylor in 22nd, Sion Bingham in 23rd, Alec Dixon in 32nd and Ben Emsely in 36th position.
Jasmin Taylor and Louis Hatchwell will now head to the next Telemark World Cup in Krvavec, Slovenia.
Adding to the British snowsports success was Andrew Musgrave who was in a close battle for the podium in the 15km Freestyle at the Ulricehamn World Cup in Sweden, eventually finishing in a brilliant 6th position.
The next Cross Country World Cup is this weekend in Falun, Sweden, where Musgrave will be looking to continue his exceptional form.
British Ski and Snowboard Cross
Zoe Gillings-Brier, who qualified comfortably for the finals of the Snowboard Cross World Cup in Solitude, USA, put in a good performance in Saturday’s quarter-final race. The head to head race saw her just being nudged out of qualification for the semis, eventually finishing 14th overall.
Ski Cross athlete Liz Stevenson finished 11th in the Ski Cross North American Cup, also taking place in Solitude.
GB Park and Pipe
There was a great result for GB Park and Pipe’s pathway skier Mike Rowlands who claimed a podium position when he came 3rd in the second Slopestyle Europa World Cup of the weekend in St Anton, Austria. This followed his 7th place in the first of the two Europa Cup events.
Rowlands’ teammate Chris McCormick also put in two good results with a 6th place in the second event and 14th in the first. Felix Klein claimed 18th in the first event and then 45th in the second. For the other pathway athletes, Monty Wright finished 59th and 45th and Kyle Jenkins was 58th and 52nd.
The next Slopestyle World Cup begins this week in Seiser Alm, Italy, with snowboard qualification due to take place on Wednesday followed by ski qualification on Thursday.
Katie Ormerod and GB Park and Pipe skiers James ‘Woodsy’ Woods and first alternate Izzy Atkin will be heading out to Aspen ahead of the US edition of the X Games, kicking off on the 26th January.
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