Winter Olympics: Dave Ryding says ‘the ceiling is broken’ for future generation of British skiers

“I don’t know if there is another sport like this” – Ryding celebrates winning the slalom in Kitzbühel, Austria
Hosts: Beijing, China Appointment: February 4-20
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Dave Ryding says his historic World Cup gold medal broke the ceiling for future generations of skiers.

Having competed in three Olympics, Ryding, from Lancashire, says he is “aiming for a medal” in Beijing.

“I’ve been smashing my head against this brick ceiling trying to get this win since I got my first podium in Kitzbühel in 2017,” he said.

“I always believed I could do it, and to finally do it, I hope that ceiling has been broken and that means it’s easier for the next generation.”

Asked if his achievement in Austria changed British skiing forever, Ryding told BBC Sport: “I don’t need to say more, ‘it’s possible to win one, no. ‘never give up’ because they’ve seen it and the most powerful thing in life is to see it with your own eyes.”

Ryding had a blow in his next race on Tuesday at Schladming, finishing 20th behind young teammate Billy Major. But he described the “reality check” as “a good thing”, despite the disappointment.

“I got some things wrong,” Ryding said. “I felt good. I didn’t feel any physical hangover from Saturday. But I made a few mistakes in the kitting process and the way I ran the night.

“I’m super critical of myself, I always have been. That’s how I approached my career and I won’t stop doing it. You have to do all these things right or you won’t. you won’t have a chance. So back to work, back to the gym this afternoon, and this will be my first session to China.”

The Winter Olympics begin on February 4 in Beijing and the the men’s slalom is scheduled for February 16external link.

“People always laugh when you have bold ambition. There will always be skeptics, but you have to believe in your goal and go for it. Of course I will be aiming for an Olympics medal,” he said. .

“I proved this year that I was skiing well, whether it was my fifth place in Val d’Isere in the very first race or what I was doing in other races, I knew I was skiing well.

“Going to the Olympics is always the same process, the same mindset. Expectations go up from everyone. I think I’m going to go there in a very similar way, because I know it’s is very competitive with 12 to 15 different people on the podium already this year.

“But it’s good to know that what I’m doing is working, and keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t forget the work that goes into it. That’s the most important thing.”

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