Ryding finishes 11th in Alpine World Championships Finale
Delancey British Alpine Team
The Delancey British Alpine Ski Team put in a strong performance at the Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz, with Dave Ryding showing that he is one of the world’s best Slalom skiers. After a storming first run, Ryding was lying in 4th place but couldn’t quite hold onto his position, eventually finishing in 11th place, with the World Champions title going to the ever-impressive Marcel Hirscher.
Ryding said after his performance: “I have mixed emotions to be honest. 11th is definitely a respectable result and I have to remember that I came into this season with a best World Cup result of 12th. Saying that, I had put myself into a really good position after the first run and you never want to slip back, so I am a little disappointed.
“In the last few races I have found myself in a different situation than I was previously used to being in. I have to learn to attack the second run as much as the first run and ensure I commit just like I do in training. I wasn’t nervous going into the second run, I knew it was anyone’s race. I guess when you go into the second run in the top few places there is always a lot to lose.
“I have to take the positives from the World Championships though, and I am already looking forward to my next World Cup race in Kranjska Gora and will be looking to get back into the top 10. It was great to be at a World Champs with my British team mates, and I think Laurie (Taylor), Alex (Tilley) and Cara (Brown) showed we have a serious future in British Alpine skiing.”
On Thursday in the Ladies GS Tilley put in a strong first run, then managed to move up one place in the second run to finish in 30th place. She carried her form into the Slalom on Saturday where she placed an impressive 25th.
In this first World Championships, Laurie Taylor tackled the qualifying races for the Men’s GS and Slalom, performing brilliantly in both, especially the Slalom where he finished 3rd and clocked a PB. In the main Slalom race yesterday he finished an impressive 33rd overall from bib 69, following his 40th overall position in the GS on Friday.
Cara Brown, who has only recently come back from a knee injury qualified for the Ladies’ GS race last Monday but just missed out on a second run in the main event, finishing in 65th place with the top 60 qualifying for a second run
GB Park and Pipe
GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Billy Morgan was in Los Angeles for the Air + Style event which was hampered by wet conditions. In what was a tough day in the office for Morgan, he put down a back triple on his first run but just missed the landing. He couldn’t quite nail his second run after getting hooked on take off, so missed out on finals.
At the Big Air Europa Cup in Goetschen, GB Park and Pipe Pathway athletes Gabriel Adams finished in 30th and highest Brit, with Ethan Smith just behind him in 32nd and Glen Ironside in 39th.
British Ski and Snowboard Cross
At the World Junior Snowboard Cross Championships in Klinovec, Czech, Maisie Potter clocked the best result for Great Britain, finishing 18th overall in the Ladies individual race, with Anna Richardson 27th. For the men, Bradley Gaulter finished in 56th with Douglas Green in 58th position. Behind them were teammates Brandon Cain in 64th and Michael Searing in 65th. In the team event, the British men couldn’t make it past the eight final, and the women were beaten by two French teams in the quarter-final.
The British Cross Country Elite Squad were at the Otepaa World Cup this weekend. Andrew Young finished in an impressive 12th in the Men’s Sprint Freestyle Finals whilst in the Ladies’, team mate Annika Taylor placed 39th in the Sprint Freestyle and 52nd in the 10km Classic.
This week sees the start of the next Cross Country World Championships in Lahti, Finland with Andrew Young, Andrew Musgrave, Callum Smith, James Clugnet, Annika Taylor and Fern Cates in action for British Nordic. Wednesday is the Ladies 5km Classic and the Men’s 10km Classic. Thursday is the Men’s and Ladies Sprint races.
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