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The slalom skier, Dave Ryding, has come 6th in the first World Cup race of the season. It is a staggering performance & perhaps a foretaste of what is to come.

29 year-old Dave Ryding has been the best GB male skier for a while.

Now he is one of the best slalom skiers in the world.

At the opening race of the season in Levi, Finland on Sunday he was in 4th place after the first run.

He kept his nerve on the second run and ended up 6th overall - his best ever result in a World Cup race.

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"I don't really know what to say other than thanks to every single person who supports me and enjoys watching me race!!

"Can't thank the whole GB/BSS team enough and of course Ali and Tristan who work their asses off for me," said Dave on Facebook after the race.

"That's one for those who have given me so much and of course I will enjoy it to."

"It was strange being in 4th after the first run (in a good way of course) but stoked to handle it and get another run down there."

"I'll take a small break, but then get back at it or I'll get my ass kicked in the next one! Cheers" added Dave.


 "I am delighted. I am sure no-one expected a Brit in the top six!" he said to BBC Sport.

"I have been skiing well and performing in training but this was better than I would have expected.

"I really had to focus before the second run and give it everything to stay up the rankings. I was aiming to get a solid top 15 so 6th is amazing."

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The result has been widely welcomed.

"I was so excited watching his first run. His charge on the top section was just awesome and to keep it going so fluidly down the pitch was immense. I was so confident for him second run. Sure he would back up his good first run...he did!" said his former team GB teamate, Dougie Crawford, to PlanetSKI.

"Absolutely amazing result. Shows that hard work pays off, can't wait for the next race... Roll on Val D'Isère, " said another former GB teamate, Ed Drake, to us.

His best place until now was a 12th position in Val d'Isère last winter, so all eyes will be on the French resort next month.

The last time a GB skier made the Top 10 was in 2006 when the downhill skier, Finlay Mickel, finished 10th at the Lauberhorn race in Wengen.

In 2001 Alain Baxter came 4th in the slalom in Are, Sweden.

This weekend's result by Dave is hard to underestimate as he has little financial or training backing to take on the major skiing nations.

It is a staggering result and is not a one off.

It comes after years of hard work and we have a genuine feeling here at PlanetSKI that more is to come.

We followed the race this morning in this related story that contains a video of his first run and how his fellow British skier, Alex Tilley, got on in the women's event.

Ryding bettered his impressive 15th place finish in last year's World Cup Finals and he hopes to make an impact in the Alpine World Championships in St Moritz in February 2017.

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The 29-year old is the best alpine skier GB has produced in recent years and ranks alongside, Alain Baxter and Finlay Mickel.

He was born in 1986 and his most significant title was winning the Europa Cup in 2013.

He competed at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 where he came 27th and at Sochi four years later he was 17th.

Last winter he put in some impressive racers with a handful of Top 20 finishes but a place in the Top 10 eluded him.

Last season he finished 22nd in the slalom World Cup for the season.

The race today proves one thing - he is among the Top 10 slalom skiers in the world and the podium is within his grasp this season.

We'll be watching him every step of the way.

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