Sport Ryding pays dearly for error in Finland

17:10  12 november  2017
17:10  12 november  2017 Source:   Press Association

Dave Ryding success proves British athletes can compete says British ski chief

  Dave Ryding success proves British athletes can compete says British ski chief Dave Ryding's continued World Cup slalom success is "debunking the myth" that Great Britain cannot compete in traditional alpine disciplines, according to the British Ski and Snowboard Association performance director Dan Hunt. Having won silver in Kitzbuhel in January, Ryding missed out on becoming the nation's first alpine World Cup gold medallist in history when he crashed out midway down his second run in Finland on Sunday, when leading by over half a second.

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Dave Ryding missed the chance to become Britain's first alpine World Cup winner in Finland.: Dave Ryding Photocall - Pendle Ski Club © PA WIRE Dave Ryding Photocall - Pendle Ski Club

Dave Ryding crashed out with gold at his mercy as his bid to become Britain's first alpine skiing World Cup winner came to an agonising end in Finland.

The 30-year-old had led at the halfway stage of the season-opener in Levi as he looked to go one better than the silver medal he claimed in Kitzbuhel in January.

But having extended his lead to more than half a second midway down his second run, he missed a gate which shattered his hopes of making history.

Germany's Felix Neureuther, who had trailed Ryding by 0.14 seconds after the first run, took victory with Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen in second.

Ryding was visibly frustrated at his mistake but can take much solace from a performance which underlines his status as one of the leading challengers in his sport.

The Pendle racer's silver in Kitzbuhel had made him the first British skier to reach a World Cup podium since Konrad Bartelski in Val Gardena in 1981.

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