RYDING HIGH. WORLD CUP TOP 10 FOR DAVE RYDING

British Alpine Team skier, Dave Ryding, was sixth in the World Cup Slalom in Levi, Finland on the weekend.

Dave Ryding was actually lying fourth after his first run and finished 6th overall, his first World Cup top 10 finish and the best result for a British Alpine skier since Alain Baxter took fourth in a Slalom Worl Cup in 2011. Austria's Marcel Hirscher took first place on the podium with team mate Michael Matt second and Manfred Moelgg of Italy, third. 

Ryding said after the race: 'I am delighted. I am sure noone expected a Brit in the top six. I have been working really hard all summer and specifically working on my steep sections. I have been skiing well and performing in training, but this was better than I expected. I really had to focus before the second run, and I knew I had to give it full gas to stay near the top. 

'I was aiming to get a solid top 15, so sixth is amazing. I couldn't have done it without my coaches Tristan and Ali, and without the support of BSS and my sponsors. I am now going to take a break before the next World Cup in Val d'Isere in mid-December.'

Among the GB Park and Pipe riders at the Big Air World Cup in Milan, on the weekend, snowboarder, Aimee Fuller, claimed the best finish with fourth place in the Ladies Snowboard Big Air final on Saturday, a World Cup personal best. Katie Ormerod just missed out on finals, but finished 10th overall. 

 

In the men's snowboard competition, Billy Morgan threw down some impressive tricks and was mixing it up with the medal contenders. But after overshooting his third jump, he eventually finished in seventh.

Main image, Dave Ryder: Alp Productions

Aimee Fuller image: Mateusz Kielpinski