British skier Dave Ryding won a gold medal at the Kitzbühel men’s slalom on Saturday. With this outstanding feat, the 35-year-old became the first one from his nation to clinch the Alpine World Cup title in the history of the tournament.
Ryding was trailing at sixth after his first run but later recovered to earn a remarkable victory with a final run of 49.86sec and became the oldest winner of a men’s World Cup slalom. On the other hand, Norway’s Lucas Braathen finished 0.38sec behind, with his compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen securing the third spot.
“There’s life in the old dog yet,” Dave Ryding told Eurosport. “I’m 35 now but I never stopped believing, I never stopped trying.”
“I always believed I could do it, I always thought I could do this but my races were getting less and less and doubt is always there.
“My team never stopped believing, they kept pushing me. More than I would like sometimes. My fiancee always supports me, my family is always there and I’m not the easiest to deal with all of the time. I hope they are popping a prosecco at home,” the Lancashire native added after the race
“Am astounded and impressed by Dave’s skiing” – Mikaela Shiffrin
American skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin went to heap massive praise for Great Britain’s Dave Ryding, saying he has “inspired a ton of little racers today“.
“I’m astounded and impressed by Dave’s skiing, but also not surprised,” Shiffrin said in an interaction with Eurosport.
“Not to mention historic. That’s such a special achievement to come from his background skiing on plastic and prove that you can reach the top even if you didn’t grow up in a powerhouse ski racing country.
“He inspired a ton of little racers today.”