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DAVE RYDING’S FRUSTRATING SEASON GOES ON

The British number one alpine racer is still looking for his second top 10 of the winter.  He’s 20th in Kitzbühel where he achieved his first World Cup podium three years ago.

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The 33-year-old slalom specialist and two-time World Cup silver medallist is not having the season he would have hoped for.

After seven World Cup races so far, he’s lying 16th in the slalom standings.

His best result to date is a 7th place in Italy earlier this month.

It’s his only top 10 of the 2019-20 season.

His Kitzbühel result is his fourth top 20 of the season.

Dave Ryding Kitzbuehel, Jan 2020

Ryding just in the top 20 at Kitzbühel

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Ryding is bound to be frustrated that he has, so far, been unable to return to his top form.

He won the silver medal at Kitzbühel in January 2017 and returned to the World Cup podium for a second time with another silver in Oslo in January 2019.

There was better news for GB Snowsport’s number two slalom skier in Kitzbühel.

Laurie Taylor, who’s 23,  qualified for a second run for the first time by finishing inside the top 30 after the first run.

Laurie Taylor Kitzbuehel, Jan 2010

Laurie Taylor goes in the second run at Kitzbühel

He moved up a few places in the second run to finish 24th and pick up World Cup points.

It’s his best ever individual result, though he had shown the world what he was capable of in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics when he finished 26th.

It’s the first time in years that GB has had two racers in the top 30.

It’s just two days until the next World Cup slalom race.

Dave Ryding will be trying again to secure his second top 10 of the season in the famous  night race in Schladming, Austria, on Tuesday.

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, will be there, so look out for his report.

 

 

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