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RYDING 4TH - BEST RESULT OF SEASON - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Monday January 1, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Britain's Dave Ryding beats Hirscher in the Oslo parallel slalom World Cup and goes on to achieve the joint second best result of his career. NEW & UPDATED



In foggy conditions at Holmenkollen Ryding came agonisingly close to a second World Cup podium in the event that sees the world's best go head to head over two slalom runs, eventually finishing fourth.

He was in blistering form in the first round to beat Russia's Alexander Khoroshilov.

He took that form into the quarter final, claiming the scalp of none other than the world number one, Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

He got the better of Hirscher to go through to the semi final against another Austrian, Michael Matt.

Ryding v HirscherRyding takes it from Hirscher in run 1













Unfortunately, Ryding had a big crash on the first semi-final run against Matt so went into run 2 with a 0.50 second time penalty.

Dave RydingRyding crashes














He very nearly managed to make up the time, finishing just 0.15 seconds behind Matt, who went through to the the final.

The 31-year-old Briton was guaranteed a fourth place but he was still in with a chance of picking up the second World Cup podium of his career after his memorable silver at Kitzbühel last January.

He went up against Germany's Linus Strasser in the small final, but a mistake coming out of the gates on run 1 left him playing catch up and he finished 0.28 seconds behind Strasser.

He was unable to make up the time over the 180m-long 18-gate course and it was Strasser who finished third.

He was just 0.1 second off the podium.

On Tuesday, Ryding posted the photo below on social media with the comment:

It was at this moment I knew I'd ....

Had things going last night.. then the wheels came off...

Happy New Year! Happy with 4th.

Dave RydingRyding's wheels coming off...



















Ryding has another two World Cups to come in the next week.

On Thursday he competes at Zagreb in Croatia and on Sunday at Adelboden in Switzerland.

He goes into those races having achieved the best result of his four races so far this season in Oslo, getting better with each race.

He failed to finish in the season-opener at Levi when on course for victory, was 19th in Val d'Isere and 6th in Madonna di Campiglio just before Christmas.

Beating the rarely-beaten Hirscher should also give Ryding huge confidence ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.

READ MORE Ryding has a good record in the parallel slalom.  Last season he also finished fourth in the event in Stockholm.

The city centre events are contested only by the top 16 men and 16 women in the world.

This one was held in a spectacular setting - the opposite side of the ski jump hill at Holmenkollen.

Holmenkollen, OsloHolmenkollen ski jump looking towards the slalom course - photo Helly Hansen


















The men's race was won by Sweden's Andre Myhrer with Michael Matt (Austria) second and Linus Strasser (Germany) third.

The women's race was won by Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA.  Wendy Holdener (Switzerland) took the silver medal and her compatriot Melanie Meillard the bronze.

Dave Ryding is not the only British skier to have been busy at work this New Year weekend and there's plenty more action coming up in the week ahead.


FIS Cross Country World Cup/Tour de Ski - Saturday 30th December to Monday 7th January

Stages 1-3: Saturday 30th December to Monday 1st January - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Stages 4-5: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January - Oberstdorf, Germany

Stages 6-7: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January - Val di Fiemme, Italy

The Cross Country Skiing World Cup moved to Lenzerheide, Switzerland with the first leg of the Tour de Ski where 27-year-old Andrew Young scored his best result of the season and his first World Cup Top 10 in almost two years.

Qualifying through to the knockout stage in 16th, Young was one of two members of the British Nordic team to win move through from the prologue with Andrew Musgrave finishing 14th.

The pair competed against each other in the fifth and last quarter-final, and while Musgrave looked to have the speed early on, it was Young who came to the fore in the final 200 metres to finish second and make it through to the last 12.

In a high-quality semi-final field, Young stayed with the front-runners through the first kilometre but ended up in fifth and did not progress to the final.

He finished with an overall ranking of 10th, while Musgrave was 21st.

Musgrave, who achieved his first full World Cup podium with a bronze medal in Italy in December, remained in Lenzerheide to compete in the 15km Classic on Sunday and the 15km Free Pursuit on New Year's Day, finishing 30th and 24th respectively.

Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave in the 15k Classic - photo British Nordic Ski Team















The Tour de Ski shifts to Germany with the Sprint on Wednesday followed by a 15km Free mass start on Thursday.

The final two stages of the tour will be in Val di Fiemme, Italy, starting with a 15km Classic mass start on Saturday and a 9km Free Pursuit on Sunday.

FIS Alpine World Cups - Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th January

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January, Zagreb, Croatia - Ladies' and Men's Slalom

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th January, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia - Ladies' Giant Slalom and Slalom

Sunday 7th January - Adelboden, Switzerland - Men's Slalom

Coming off two top 10 results in the space of 10 days, slalom specialist Dave Ryding heads to Zagreb where he will be in action on Thursday.

Ryding will feature alongside Europa Cup team member Laurie Taylor who is competing in only his fourth ever World Cup event.

Alex TilleyAlex Tilley - photo Vanessa Fry Photography














Alex Tilley, who finished 2017 with some strong results, will also be in Zagreb, competing in the Ladies' Slalom on Wednesday. She then heads to Slovenia where she will compete in the Giant Slalom and Slalom at Kranjska Gora alongside Charlie Guest.

On Sunday, Ryding will race his third World Cup in the space of seven days, this time in Switzerland. Last year Ryding finished 15th in Adelboden but did have the seventh-fastest second run which bodes well as he aims for another top ten performance.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups - Saturday 6th January

Men's Aerials  - Moscow, Russia

Ladies' and Men's Moguls - Calgary, Canada

After a short break over the holiday period, the Aerials and Moguls skiers are back in World Cup action this weekend.

Lloyd Wallace will be in Russia for the Men's Aerials night event on Saturday, coming off a top 20 result in China before Christmas.

Wallace has competed at World Cups in Moscow twice before, with his best result being 16th in February 2016.

Lloyd WallaceLloyd Wallace















The Moguls World Cup moves to Calgary on Saturday and the British team has three skiers competing.

Makayla Gerken-Schofield made her World Cup debut in December and has a career-best result of 32nd from three events.

Her brother Thomas will be competing alongside Max Willis in the men's event.

After almost three years off the World Cup circuit, Willis has the best British performance so far this season with 25th at Ruka in December.

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