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ROCKET RYDING ON A MISSION - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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GB's top ski racer Dave Ryding says it's time to get back on the podium. In a frank interview with PlanetSKI he says last winter was 'tough' but his hopes are high for the season ahead.




Imagine the pressure.

You're the first British alpine skier in 36 years to win a World Cup medal.

The media (including us at PlanetSKI) go wild.

The expectations rise. 

And when you don't make the top 3 the next time you race, or the time after that, or for the whole of the following season,  it's not surprising you are just a little deflated.

Last winter was by no means a disaster for the 31-year-old slalom specialist, with a handful of top 10 results, including 9th place at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

But it wasn't as good as the previous one for the man nicknamed The Rocket.

In January 2017, he had stunned the world, taking the silver medal in Kitzbühel. 

Dave Ryding in KitzbühelWinning silver in Kitzbühel - photo Agence Zoom















With a series of other impressive results, he finished the 2016-17 season ranked 8th in the world.

Now, he says, his aim is to end the 2018-19 racing season with a ranking higher than 8th.

Speaking candidly to PlanetSKI in our video interview below, he says top 10s are always a good result but "anything less is not really where I want to be, so I won't be satisfied with that.... we've got to push on for more podiums and try to clock up a few more this season".

Dave RydingRyding is ready to push for podiums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He's naturally disappointed not to have made the podium since Kitzbühel and says last season it "just wasn't to be".

But he's upbeat ahead of his first race at Levi in Finland on 18th November and is planning ahead to the next Winter Olympics at Beijing in 2022.

The current Olympic slalom champion, Andre Myhrer,  and the previous one, Mario Matt, won their gold medals aged 35 and 34 respectively.

Ryding will be 35 in Beijing.  

PlanetSKI spoke to Dave Ryding at an event in London hosted by the resort for which he is an ambassador, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl in the Ötztal region of the Austrian Tirol.

Find out more about skiing in Austria.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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