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GB's No1 alpine skier, Dave Ryding, is currently 4th after the first World Cup slalom run in Levi, Finland. It was one of his best runs of his career but can he do it again in his second run? UPDATED

The Finland stop in the Audi World Cup tour has become a regular early-season feature in Levi and is now in its 10th year.

The Brits are out with Delancey British Alpine Team skiers Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley looking to make an impact at the first FIS Slalom World Cup of the season.
Ryding, who starts the season ranked 22nd in slalom, is in action on Sunday 13th November.

And so far it is looking good.

Very good.

He is 4th after the first run.

Go Dave!Go Dave!













It was one of the best runs he has put down and now is preparing for his second run with a real chance to make the podium.

It is an early indication of his form in the season where he hopes to get a Top Ten placing.

Even if he does not do well in the second run that takes place shortly then his first one shows everyone what he is capable of.

One of our readers at PlanetSKI has placed a video of his first run on Facebook.

He is aiming to better his impressive 15th place finish in last year's World Cup Finals and make an impact in the Alpine World Championships in St Moritz in February 2017.

Here at PlanetSKI we'll let you know how he performs in his second run.

We can't wait!

Dave RydingDave Ryding














GB's  female alpine skier, Alex Tilley, who just missed out on qualifying for the 2nd run of the FIS World Cup GS opening race in Soelden, was in action Saturday.

However she did not finish her first run.

The US slalom specialist, Mikaela Shiffrin, won the women's race.

The 20-year-old has now won 10 World Cup slalom races in a row and is the racer to beat.

Shiffrin won the first two slalom races of last season before a knee injury sidelined her for two months.

She returned in spectacular style by winning all three slalom events after her recovery and is odds-on for the overall crown in the discipline this season.

She won it for three consecutive years from 2013.

Meanwhile her fellow American Lindesy Vonn is out of action after breaking her arm in training.

See here for that story elsewhere on PlanetSKI.

Temperatures in Finland have been cold.

Cold enough to produce plenty of snow ahead of the racing.

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Preparations in Levi for the World Cup



Several athletes are suffering from injuries.

Young Swiss talent Charlotte Chable broke a bone in her ankle at the beginning of October and has had 6 weeks off. She will be back on the slopes soon but won't be starting in Levi.

Last year's giant slalom champion Eva-Maria Brem from Austria broke her left leg during training last week and will be out for perhaps 6 months.

















Random fact:

A tradition that started in 2013, the winners are awarded a baby reindeer to name.

Check out the FIS video on World Cup in Levi that was posted ahead of the weekend's racing.

See last year's news on the FIS World Cup.

There is also World Cup freestyle action this weekend with 7 British skiers & snowboarders competing in the Milan Big Air.

Read more about it in this PlanetSKI story.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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