Dave Ryding’s career has been going downhill for as long as he can remember. And as far as Ryding is concerned, the faster it reaches the bottom the better. Read more...
When I was six years old my father Carl, a ski-mad lifelong enthusiast, encouraged me to take lessons at the local dry ski slopes near our home – so I joined Pendle Ski Club.
In fact, he gave my sister and I a really good incentive to get involved. If we achieved a good basic level, he told us, he and my mum Shirley would take my sister and I skiing on real snow!
By the age of eight, I was whizzing down the slopes at the French Alps resort of Samoëns like a natural – while my sister Joanna, two years my junior, stayed behind with our grandparents.
I loved it. I was always the first back on the lifts to go down again.
After being picked for the English Schools Team, I got into the England Ski team and took part in the English and British Championships.
In 2006 I was the overall winner at the British Junior Championships and after A levels and a year in the high intensity British Development Team, I was picked for the British Team as a senior.
In January 2010 I was proud to be selected to represent Great Britain as part of Team GB in the Vancouvor 2010 winter Olympics. I finished 27th in the Slalom and 47th in the Giant Slalom.
Since then I have focused solely on the discipline of Slalom. In the 2012 season I finished 14th in the Europa Cup Slalom standings, 2013 I stepped up my performances again achieving my first top 30 result in the World Cup race of Levi placing 26th and I finished the season as the 2013 Europa Cup Slalom Champion.
2014 saw me selected to my 2nd Winter Olympics Games to represent Team GB and was happy to improve my performance to 17th in Slalom. I finished the season 2nd in the Europa Cup Standings, but improved my world ranking to around 42 in the world.
I will spend my summer training, working both on my technical skiing skills and my physical strength and fitness conditioning aiming to be in the best possible shape come the new 2015 season.