‘I can do it' Barista and World Cup ski champion takes aim at Olympic gold
The Guardian|January 29, 2022
Dave Ryding says he’s done his job now. By  winning an Alpine World Cup event for the first time in his country’s history , he has brought British skiing in from the cold.
Paul MacInnes

“I’ve always said to the younger generation that it’s possible, just work hard,” he says. “ But I don’t have to say that any more. I don’t have to say it’s doable having never done it. Now I just have to put on the video and say: watch that.”

Ryding’s feat in thrashing through the classic slalom at Kitzbühel in Austria last weekend, on perhaps the most difficult course in the sport, was the best ever by a Briton. It drew worldwide attention – “Ein Brite? Ein Brite!” was the headline in Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung – and came 100 years and a day after Sir Arnold Lunn invented the sport of slalom racing on the slopes of Mürren in Switzerland.

There was one more milestone too, however: at the age of 35, Ryding became the oldest winner of a World Cup slalom in history.

“Sitting here right now I have not one part of my body that is aching. I don’t know if that’s a miracle or not,” says Ryding, speaking in the brief window before his next challenge, a flight to Beijing and a fourth Winter Olympics.

“Touch wood, I’ve never had a big injury. I feel healthy. I follow, not a strict diet, but a good diet and I don’t know if this helped, but I didn’t ski much when I was growing, so I didn’t smash my body when it was maturing. Maybe when I stop then the niggles will show more, when the muscles aren’t holding everything together.”

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