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ADELBODEN WOES FOR DAVE RYDING

The Rocket had a tough day in the office in the Swiss resort, finishing outside the top 20. Elsewhere GB skiers have being doing rather well.

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Ryding was lying in 12th when he crossed the line after his first run.

However, he had fallen to 26th place by the time all the racers had gone, thanks to some spectacular performances from lower-ranked skiers.

Racers with bib numbers 45,  61 and 75 all finished above him and inside the top 20.

A few small errors in the second run and he was unable to make any significant progress up the leaderboard.

He finished 22nd, 1.50 secs off the pace.

The race was won by Switzerland’s Daniel Yule.

It’s the first time the Swiss have had a home winner in Adelboden for 13 years.

Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) was second and Marco Schwarz of Austria 3rd.

Sunday’s race came just four days after Ryding secured his only top 10 of the season so far.

He was joint 7th in one of his favourite races in Italy on Wednesday.

The Adelboden result will be another disappointment for Ryding.

This season he has finished 17th in Val d’Isere, 18th in Zagreb and failed to finish in Levi.

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He has, however, managed to pick up some more World Cup points: last season he failed to finish in Adelboden.

GB’s other skier in the slalom, Laurie Taylor, failed to finish.

The next World Cup slalom takes place in Wengen next Sunday.

There have been some good results for GB skiers elsewhere in the last few days.

Cross-country skier James Clugnet managed a career-best result in the sprint races in Dresden, making the semi-final for the first time and finishing 12th.

Andrew Young was 14th.

James Clugnet (bib 27), 12th Dresden sprint Jan 2020

James Clugnet (left, bib 27) – photo GB Snowsport

Clugnet and Young went even better in Sunday’s Team Sprint in Dresden, finishing in a very impressive 8th place.

James Clugnet & Andrew Young, 8th Team Sprint, Dresden, Jan 2020

James Clugnet & Andrew Young – photo GB Snowsport

Freestyle skier Tyler Harding recorded the second best result of his career in the World Cup slopstyle at Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees.

Tyler Harding, GB Park & Pipe

Tyler Harding – photo GB Snowsport

He finished 9th, having gone into the 16-man final with the third best score from the qualifying round.

It’s only his second World Cup top 10 and one place below his best result.

“Ended up 9th in my first World Cup of the season. Finals could have gone better, but also could have gone worse! Super good vibes and a lot to build on ?,” he said.

Tyler Harding | Font Romeu 9th Place

Tyler Harding has been on top form in Font Romeu for his first World Cup of the season.After qualifying 3rd, he went all out in the final and finished 9th – his 2nd best World Cup result and a great start to the season!Great work TJ!#GoBeyond #GBFreeski

Posted by GB Snowsport on Saturday, 11 January 2020

There have been mixed results for GB skiers at the Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lausanne.

Some of the best came from the girls.

Daisi Daniels made the top 20 in the Super G, finishing 18th, while Sophie Foster was 33rd.

Daisi Daniels, YOG Super G 2020

Daisi Daniels in the Super G – photo Team GB

“It was really sweet,” Daniels said.

“Out of the start the nerves were obviously there but I knew I just had to be confident and send myself down there as fast as I could.”

Daisi Daniels & Sophie Foster at Lausanne YOG

Daisi Daniels & Sophie Foster – photo GB Snowsport

In the Alpine Combined, Sophie Foster was 23rd.

On Tuesday she finished 20th in the slalom.

Among the boys, the best results have come from Robert Holmes and Jack Cunningham.

Jack Cunningham was 26th in the Super G.

And on Monday 17-year-old Robert Holmes finished 20th in the giant slalom.

Robert Holmes 20th Lausanne YOG GS - photo Sam Mellish

Robert Holmes – photo Sam Mellish

The 2020 Lausanne Youth Olympic Games continue until 22nd January.

The full schedule and results can be found on the official website.

 

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