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RYDING KNOCKED OUT OF STOCKHOLM SLALOM - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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GB's Dave Ryding has a good record in the parallel slalom knockout format but it wasn't to be in Sweden on Tuesday night. NEW




32-year-old Ryding avoided the world's best slalom skier, Marcel Hirscher, in the first heat of the head-to-head sprint race in the Swedish capital.

Ominously, though, he was up against another Austrian, Marco Schwarz.

He's the man who beat Ryding to the top spot in the final of the Oslo City Event on 1st January.
Schwarz came in confident after his 3rd place finish in the World Championships slalom in Åre in Sweden on Sunday.

So too did Ryding, who fought back to finish 9th in Åre after languishing in 20th at the end of the first run.
But it was Schwarz who came out on top in Stockholm.

Ryding was only a hundredth of a second behind the Austrian after the first run of two.

Dave RydingSo close in run 1






















He was beaten over the two runs by 0.21 seconds.

Although Schwarz was the higher seed - 7 to Ryding's 10 - the Brit would have hoped to progress, especially in light of his recent impressive record at these floodlit parallel slaloms.

Marco Schwarz & Dave RydingSchwarz & Ryding




























The Oslo City Event on New Year's Day this year was where Ryding equalled his best ever result, finishing 2nd.

That made him the most successful British alpine skier of all time.

And he has twice only just missed the podium.

In Oslo in 2018 he finished 4th, knocking out Hirscher in the quarter finals.
He was also 4th in Stockholm in January 2017, shortly after his first World Cup podium in Kitzbuhel.
The men's race on Tuesday night was won by Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland.

Sweden's Andre Myhrer was 2nd and Austria's Marco Schwarz 3rd.

Hirscher was knocked out in the quarter finals but the points he scored were enough to secure him the 2018-19 World Cup slalom title with two races to go.

The USA's Mikaela Shiffrin won the women's race, also taking the 2018-19 World Cup slalom title.


Mikaela ShiffrinShiffrin wins






















Germany's Tina Geiger was 2nd and Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden 3rd.

Only the top 16 men and the top 16 women in the current standings are guaranteed an invitation to compete at the City Events.

Ryding is currently ranked 8th in the world.

He has two more chances to get back on the World Cup podium this season, with races in March in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, and at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra.

Ryding's results this season
  • Levi - 12th
  • Saalbach - 23rd
  • Madonna di Campiglio - 4th
  • Oslo - 2nd
  • Zagreb - 11th
  • Adelboden - DNF
  • Crans-Montana invitational (non World Cup) - 2nd
  • Wengen - 8th
  • Kitzbuhel - 15th
  • Schladming - 9th
  • World Championships, Are - 9th
  • Stockholm - joint 9th

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