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That makes 2 silvers for GB's Dave Ryding, as he came in 2nd in a World Cup race on 1st Jan. What's next for our top alpine racer? UPDATED

Dave Ryding took silver on New Year's Day in Oslo, Norway, making him GB's most successful World Cup alpine racer ever.

But what is next?

Well, the medallist has touched down already in Zagreb for the upcoming weekend race, on Sunday 6th January.

TwitterDave Ryding Instagram

And fans are supporting Ryding both out there and virtually, via social media.

Comments on Instagram read:

@Sharoddie All the best for Sunday, you won't hear me but I will be shouting from the UK. 👍👍

@tim8173 Go go go no stopping you now... you found the touch :) vas-y!!!!!!

@arollabraoule a next podium for you

@ali.mac.0707 #sendit #therocket

He's even got the Swedes on side:

@jannerundlof Good luck in Zagreb from the Swedish fan club🇸🇪

And he's been receiving some advice:

@john_a_berry I seem to recall a 2nd run charge last time in Zagreb? And watch out for the snowballs!

This keen supporter might be remembering Ryding competing last year in Zagreb, where he recorded his third top-10 finish of the season, coming seventh in the slalom World Cup event.

We have everything crossed and will be watching closely, bringing you the news.

Check back in during the run up, and for the event on 6th January where we'll see our man going up against the all-time great Marcel Hirscher.

Dave Ryding's post after winning in OsloDave Ryding's post after winning in Oslo


He is now Great Britain's most successful World Cup alpine racer of all time with two silvers.

In Oslo in the New Year's Day parallel slalom, the Rocket showed once again that he thrives in the head-to-head format.

Seeded eight of the 16 racers, he beat the world number one, Marcel Hirscher, on his route to the two-run final.

He was so close to making history and taking GB's first alpine World Cup victory.

It wasn't to be.

Not this time. 

He finished just behind Marco Schwarz of Austria.

Ramon Zenhaeursen of Switzerland was third, taking the final spot on the podium ahead of Andre Myhrer.

Ryding now tops the all-time British rankings in the history of World Cup alpine skiing.

Davina Galica is the only other British ski racer with World Cup podiums - both of them third places in downhill races in 1968.

"I'll look back at the end of my career and see where I'm at, but I just want to keep working, keep learning, keep getting better and maybe - you never know - maybe go that one step more," said Ryding after today's race.

"The depth in men's slalom is crazy at the moment, but if I keep putting myself in the position then maybe one day I'll pick it up."

Dave Ryding on the podium in OsloRyding celebrates silver in Oslo

Oslo parallel slalom resultsThe results

The result moves Ryding up to 6th in the World Cup slalom rankings. 

Reaction has been flooding in.

Ryding's number one fan, the British former ski racer Konrad Bartelski, said: "Sadly close, but no cigar. Still brilliant skiing by the Rocket - beating Hirscher in the quarter finals and then the Olympic champion in the semi finals - well done Dave Ryding".

Bartelski was the last British alpine racer before Ryding to stand on a World Cup podium.

He won silver in the Val Gardena downhill in 1981.

Ryding has now gone one better, adding a second silver.

Another British ex ski racer and four-time Winter Olympian, Emma Carrick-Anderson, said: "Amazing skiing looking so strong and confident".

A few hours after the race, Ryding was on Instagram, thanking his coaches and others for their support and congratulating the winner:

Fans have been posting their congratulations over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

Here are just some of the comments:

ReactionReaction on PlanetSKI Facebook

Facebook reaction on Ryding's silverReaction on PlanetSKI Facebook

The head-to-head parallel slalom format has brought Ryding some of his best-ever World Cup results.

Aside from his silver medal in the Kitzbühel slalom in January 2017 - and until his 4th place in the Madonna di Campiglio just before Christmas - his best finishes had always come in the parallel events.

In Oslo on New Year's Day 2018 he finished 4th, knocking out Hirscher in the quarter finals:
He was also 4th in the Stockholm city event in January 2017, shortly after winning his silver medal in Kitzbühel:
So far this winter, the 32-year-old has had mixed results.

He was 12th in Levi in the season opener, 23rd in Saalbach and a magnificent 4th in Madonna after scraping into the second run in 27th position.

He put down the fastest second run in Madonna and was just 0.15 seconds off picking up the second podium of his World Cup career.
The result pushed him up the world rankings to 8th, ensuring him a start in the Oslo event.

Only the top 16 men and top 16 women are guaranteed a place for the racing in a spectacular setting opposite the Holmenkollen ski jumping hill.

Holmenkollen, NorwayThe race hill  - photo Holmenkollen Ski Festival

Oslo is a sprint rather than an endurance event.

The hill is 180 metres long with a 76 metre vertical drop. 

Each heat consists of two runs with each athlete racing once on the red course and once on the blue.  

Just as he did last year, Ryding came through heat one to set up a quarter final against the world number one, Hirscher.

And, once again, he got the better of the Austrian, with Hirscher straddling a gate in the second run.

Dave Ryding beats Marcel Hirscher in OsloRyding beats Hirscher in the quarter final

He went up against the Olympic slalom champion and last year's winner in Oslo, Sweden's Andre Myhrer, in the semi final.

He won to go into the Big Final against Austria's Marco Schwarz and a guaranteed silver medal.

In the women's race, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia took the victory, beating the world's most successful female slalom racer, American Mikaela Shiffrin, in the final.

Shiffrin had won all 5 of the previous slalom races so far this season.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third.

Ryding said his 4th at Madonna and now 2nd at Oslo were a testament to doing the right things in training and showed that his move back to Dynastar skis is proving to be a good call.

"I've changed skis and it's not always that easy in the first races to know exactly what's going to happen," he said.

"Training's great, but when you get into that race mode it takes time to shift over what happens naturally to the new line I have to take with the equipment.

"But everything's coming together now and I'm really happy with how the equipment is.

"I just need to keep going and keep believing in myself a bit more than I was at the start."

Dave RydingA determined Dave Ryding on his way to a podium in Oslo














The Oslo race was the start of a relentless month for the slalom racers.

Dave Ryding will have another 5 chances to get on the podium before February.

He'll go into the next race in Zagreb just five days after Oslo on a high this result.

He finished in the top 10 there in 2017 and 2018.

"I need a day off or two and then wrap it up for Sunday but things are definitely going in the right direction," said Ryding.

"I'm feeling good, I'm in good shape physically - everything's positive at the moment."

Adelboden is exactly a week after Zagreb, on Sunday 13th January.

Wengen is on Sunday 20th.

Kitzbühel is on Sunday 27th.

The evening slalom in Schladming is just a few days later on Tuesday 29th.

And there'll be little time for rest in February with the Alpine World Championships getting under way in Åre in Sweden on 5th.

Ryding's first race there is likely to be in the team event on 12th, with the men's slalom taking place on Sunday 17th.

Let's hope for more medal success - and maybe even that historic win.

Go Dave!

British Alpine World Cup Podiums*

  • Gina Hathorn - 2nd Women's Slalom, Grindelwald, SwitzerIand, 10 January 1967
  • Davina Galica - 3rd Women's Downhill, Bad Gastein, Austria, 17 January 1968
  • Davina Galica - 3rd Women's Downhill, Chamonix, France, 23 February 1968
  • Konrad Bartelski - 2nd Men's Downhill, Val Gardena, Italy, 13 December 1981
  • Dave Ryding - 2nd Men's Slalom, Kitzbühel, Austria, 22 January 2017
  • Dave Ryding - 2nd Men's City Event, Oslo Norway, 1 January 2019
* The Alpine World Cup was set up in 1967.  In the pre-World Cup era, in 1931, GB's Gordon Cleaver won the combined race on the Kitzbuhel's Hahnenkamm course.
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