Britain’s most successful alpine skier in recent seasons is one of Team GB’s brightest medal hopes for Pyeongchang
- Discipline(s): Ski Slalom
- D.O.B: 5th December 1986
- Hometown: Preston
Claiming Britain’s first Alpine World Cup podium in 35 years doesn’t come overnight. Dave’s journey started in the early 90s at Pendle Dry Ski Slope when he was six. After his parents introduced him to the sport, they took the young future champion to the Alps on holiday where he really fell in love with the sport. Upon his return he started racing at Pendle. The rest, as they say, is history.
After being selected for the national team, Dave became the first British skier to win an overall Europa Cup title in 2013. Graduating to the World Cup circuit, Ryding first started finishing inside the worlds’ top 30 in the 2015 season with a spate of promising results, his best being 16th in Madonna di Campiglio.
Over the 2016/17 season, The Rocket staked his claim as a serious medal contender for Pyeongchang. Finishing inside the top 10 on six occasions, Dave’s best performance and highest achievement to date came in Kitzbuhel, Austria last January. No British athlete has achieved a World Cup podium in over 30 years, no mean feat!
Dave’s form has continued this year with flashes of incredible speed, particularly in Levi, Finland, but errors have prevented the Brit from converting this raw pace in to results. On his day Ryding can display imperious speed and will no doubt be one to watch when looking east to Pyeongchang for his third Olympic Games.