GB'S DAVE RYDING TARGETS MEDAL AT NEXT OLYMPICS

GB'S DAVE RYDING TARGETS MEDAL AT NEXT OLYMPICS

Dave Ryding claims Team GB's first alpine skiing top 10 finish at Winter Olympics in 30 years.

 

12 years is the timeframe set last year by the British Ski and Snowboard performance director Dan Hunt for Britain to become a top-five nation in the snow sports. With only one bronze medal between the skiing and snowboarding disciplines so far that goal looks a touch ambitious. Ryding sums up the perennial challenge faced by Britain, in that he was facing the alpine superpowers from the disadvantaged position of having learnt on a dry slope. For that reason, the country will always be limited and it is why lofty goals of being in the top five have raised eyebrows within the sport.

 

Ryding, 31, said he would take inspiration from Sweden's surprise gold medallist. "Andre Myhrer has just won and he's 35," Ryding told BBC Sport. "Mario Matt won in Sochi at the age of 35 and I'll be 35 in four years' time. I came to skiing quite late and I'm really motivated to keep progressing."

 

"If you look at the way Ryding has come through since the 2010 Olympics, it's just been constant improvement all the way for eight years. You could argue that one of the things he lacks is that final risk-taking, but if he takes some risks he can be really quick" said BBC's Sport skiing expert Graham Bell.

 

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk, www.bbc.com

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