Move over Eddie the Eagle...meet Dave the Rocket

Move over Eddie the Eaglemeet Dave the Rocket: Self-declared ‘old fartcafe owner who became UK’s first skiing World Cup winner at 35 and is now an unlikely Winter Olympics medal contender after learning how to ski on a sheep muck-covered dry slope

  • Dave ‘The RocketRyding said ‘it’s natural for everyone to talkabout his chances
  • The 35-year-old from Chorley, 兰开夏郡, said that the ‘pressure has ramped up
  • He added he ‘won’t be defined by an Olympicsand was happy with a world title
  • 对于大多数, learning to ski brings back fond memories of family trips to the Alps and tumbling down the sun-kissed nursery slopes of Val-d’Isère or Chamonix.

    But for new slalom world champion Dave ‘The RocketRyding, finding his feet in the sport could not have been more different.

    The 35-year-old from Chorley, 兰开夏郡, grew up dodging sheep muck on a £3.50-a-session slope in nearby Pendle.

    His family scraped and saved to help the youngster purse his dream, with their son first setting foot on a snow slope when he was 13.

    但, 22 多年后, their faith has paid off, with Ryding on Saturday becoming the most unlikely world slalom champion.

    His long struggle was clear as he sank to his knees and burst into tears as he celebrated with his teammates in Kitzbuhel, 奥地利.

    现在, there is hope he can go one step further and snatch a medal at the coveted Winter Olympics in Beijing.

    He goes into the event a possible contender and carries the hopes of all those who came before him, 包含 1988 crowd favourite Eddie the Eagle.

    But he is in for a tough ride, competing against professional skiers who have been on the slopes since they were just two.

    Dave 'The Rocket' Ryding (pictured after his iwn), 35, from Chorley, 兰开夏郡, said 'it's natural for everyone to talk' about his chances in Beijing following his success in Austria

    Dave ‘The RocketRyding (pictured after his iwn), 35, from Chorley, 兰开夏郡, said ‘it’s natural for everyone to talkabout his chances in Beijing following his success in Austria

    Ryding was set to marry former Dutch skier Mandy Dirkzwageron (一起画) top of a mountain in Austria. But the pandemic struck and they pushed back the plans, with Dirkzwageron left to run the cafe while her husband competed

    Ryding was set to marry former Dutch skier Mandy Dirkzwageron (一起画) top of a mountain in Austria. But the pandemic struck and they pushed back the plans, with Dirkzwageron left to run the cafe while her husband competed

    The slalom skier got into the sport three decades ago after learning on a 50-metre sheep-muck covered dry slope above Pendle, near Burnley (图为)

    The slalom skier got into the sport three decades ago after learning on a 50-metre sheep-muck covered dry slope above Pendle, near Burnley (图为)

    Ryding became the first ever Brit to win a gold medal at the Alpine World Cup on Saturday

    Ryding became the first ever Brit to win a gold medal at the Alpine World Cup on Saturday

    From £3.50-a-session dry slopes to the top of the Alpswho is Dave Ryding?

    The athlete’s background was a far cry away from the upbringing of most professional skiers. He was born in Bretherton in Lancashire and learnt the sport on a £3.50-a-session dry slope in nearby Pendle.

    The budget site was even said to have to close occasionally to scrape sheep muck away. Meanwhile he studied at Runshaw College in Leyland and left with A grades in sport and geography and a B in Biology.

    The Liverpool fan was inspired by former British skier Alain Baxter to take to the dry slopes and did for the first time aged eight. But it took another four years for him to taste a snow slope for the first timewhile some of his competitors had been since they were two.

    He previously told how his parents ‘sacrificed their life for me when I was young’, with the family doing what they could to support his dream. His mother worked as a hairdresser while his father changed jobs from a market trader to a gas engineer for more money.

    Ryding did not leave home until he was nearly 30 as he tried to make an impact in the sport and spent years on the road with his coach. In an interview in 2019 he revealed the huge commitment becoming a professional skier took.

    He said he would be out practising for four hours early in the morning before fitness training in the afternoon for up to six days a week. ‘I was not really exposed to it [the snow] but the old northern grit comes through,’ Ryding told 时代.

    Ryding spent his teens competing for the English Alpine Ski Team but his parents only allowed him to pursue skiing full-time once he’d finished his A-Levels at 18. Carl and Shirley gave their son a year to see how far he could get and it ended with selection for the British team at the age of 19.

    ‘At first when I was around they were saying ”哦, this is just the new Eddie the Eagle”,’ Ryding recalled. I think they now realise Eddie was a bit of a joke compared with the professionalism we are trying to do in the team.

    His first major success came in 2017 when he podiumed at the World Cupthe first Briton since Konrad Bartelski in 1981. He replicated this in 2019 和 2021 and Saturday’s gold was exactly five years to the day since his 2017 [object Window].

    Away from skiing he co-owns Boskins Cafe in Tarleton, near Southport, and had been preparing to train as a barista. He set up his own firm Ski Racing Supplies, and has been managing director for 22 年份. His LinkedIn notes he turned professional 16 几年前.

    Ryding was set to marry former Dutch skier Mandy Dirkzwageron top of a mountain in Austria. But the pandemic struck and they pushed back the plans, with Dirkzwageron left to run the cafe while her husband competed.

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    Ryding was born in Bretherton in Lancashire and learnt the sport on a £3.50-a-session dry slope in nearby Pendle.

    The budget site was even said to have to close occasionally to scrape sheep muck away.

    He studied at Runshaw College in Leyland and left with A grades in sport and geography and a B in Biology.

    The Liverpool fan was inspired by former British skier Alain Baxter to take to the dry slopes and did for the first time aged eight.

    But it took another four years for him to taste a snow slope for the first timewhile some of his competitors had been since they were two.

    He previously told how his parents ‘sacrificed their life for me when I was young’, with the family doing what they could to support his dream.

    His mother worked as a hairdresser while his father changed jobs from a market trader to a gas engineer for more money.

    Ryding did not leave home until he was nearly 30 as he tried to make an impact in the sport and spent years on the road with his coach.

    In an interview in 2019 he revealed the huge commitment becoming a professional skier took.

    He said he would be out practising for four hours early in the morning before fitness training in the afternoon for up to six days a week.

    ‘I was not really exposed to it [the snow] but the old northern grit comes through,’ Ryding told 时代.

    Ryding spent his teens competing for the English Alpine Ski Team but his parents only allowed him to pursue skiing full-time once he’d finished his A-Levels at 18.

    Carl and Shirley gave their son a year to see how far he could get and it ended with selection for the British team at the age of 19.

    ‘At first when I was around they were saying ”哦, this is just the new Eddie the Eagle”,’ Ryding recalled.

    ‘I think they now realise Eddie was a bit of a joke compared with the professionalism we are trying to do in the team.

    His first major success came in 2017 when he podiumed at the World Cupthe first Briton since Konrad Bartelski in 1981.

    He replicated this in 2019 和 2021 and Saturday’s gold was exactly five years to the day since his 2017 [object Window].

    Away from skiing he co-owns Boskins Cafe in Tarleton, near Southport, and had been preparing to train as a barista.

    He set up his own firm Ski Racing Supplies, and has been managing director for 22 年份. His LinkedIn notes he turned professional 16 几年前.

    Ryding was set to marry former Dutch skier Mandy Dirkzwageron top of a mountain in Austria.

    But the pandemic struck and they pushed back the plans, with Dirkzwageron left to run the cafe while her husband competed.

    周六, their grind paid off as he became the first British skier to win a gold medal at the Alpine World Cup.

    Speaking after his win, he said ‘it’s natural for everyone to talkabout his chances in 北京 following his success in Austria.

    He admitted the ‘pressure and expectation has ramped upbut added ‘I won’t be defined by an Olympics’.

    With an extra £80,000 in his bank and a load off his mind, Dave Ryding is heading for the Winter Olympics at considerable speed after making history in Kitzbuhel

    With an extra £80,000 in his bank and a load off his mind, Dave Ryding is heading for the Winter Olympics at considerable speed after making history in Kitzbuhel

    结果是, the 35-year-old picked up by far the biggest payday of his career to date

    结果是, the 35-year-old picked up by far the biggest payday of his career to date

    The man who changed the Olympicsby LOSINGwho is Eddie the Eagle?

    Edwards was the stand-out star of Calgary 1988 – even being mentioned in the closing speech by the president of the Organizing Committee, Frank King, 谁说: ‘At these Games, some competitors have won gold, some have broken records, and some of you have even soared like an eagle.

    But in private Olympics bosses were furious that the loser had gained all the attention and made sure there could never be another star like Eddie.

    His success has overshadowed previous British skiers such as Michael Edwards - known as Eddie the Eagle (图为) - who came last in 1988

    His success has overshadowed previous British skiers such as Michael Edwardsknown as Eddie the Eagle (图为) – who came last in 1988

    He had got to Calgary by exploiting a simple loopholethat if you were the only national representative for an event, you didn’t have to be any good at it.

    For the 1990 summer games, a new rule was introduced that all athletes had to have competed in international events and been placed in the top 30 percent or the top 50 在 Lelanie Foster 的拍摄中, whichever was fewer.

    It was game over for Edwards: he failed to qualift for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, 法国, 和 1994 Games in Lillehammer, 挪威.

    He has however become a symbol of the underdog spirit in his native Britain, appearing in reality television shows.

    合而为一 – Splash!, a celebrity diving showhe finally achieved something approaching his dream of Olympic glory, by winning the competition alongside Olympic gold medal winner Tom Daly.

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    The self-declared ‘old fartdid not touch his first snow slope until he was 13 and has waited a further 22 years to claim his world title in Kitzbuhel on Saturday.

    His success has overshadowed previous British skiers such as Michael Edwardsknown as Eddie the Eaglewho came last in 1988.

    Now Ryding is also seen as a serious medal contender for next month’s Winter Olympics and said he has noticed the increased pressure.

    他说: ‘You win a World Cup three weeks before the Olympics and it’s natural for everyone to talk. Obviously I’ve shown how good I am this year.

    ‘The pressure and expectation has ramped up but I won’t be defined by an Olympics. I’ve had an amazing career and to win one has taken a weight off my shoulders.

    ‘Who knowstwo or three weeks still feels like a long way away. I’ll do my best to keep this old rig in tip-top shape.

    Ryding on Saturday rose from sixth place after the first run of the men’s slalom to finish 0.38 seconds clear of Norway’s Lucas Braathen in second place.

    It sparked raucous celebrations among his support staff and the respect of the skiing world.

    他说: ‘It means more to me than anything when your peers and fellow competitors, whom you race against week in, week out, show their respect for what you’ve achieved.

    ‘This has never been done before by a Brit and they know how hard it is and where I’ve come from. Everybody knows my story now.

    Ryding’s win came one day after he was confirmed in the team for his fourth Winter Olympics in Beijing.

    His ninth place in Pyeongchang in 2018 was the best result by a British alpine skier in an Olympics for 30 年份.

    He also boasted previous success at Kitzbuhel, having become the first British alpine skier to reach a World Cup podium in 36 years when he took silver in 2017.

    He admitted his timely run underscored the change in attitude to British snow sports since his first Games in Vancouver in 2010.

    This week governing body GB Snowsport named a team of 18 skiers and three snowboarders for the Games.

    Ryding hopes his success will prove a significant factor in the continued growth of the sport in the UK.

    他说: ‘The whole of the British winter sports scene has undergone a real revolution since my first Winter Olympics, and we’ve finally got to the stage where we have a strong federation.

    His own coffers will be bolstered by a 100,000 欧元 (£83,715) winner’s cheque from one of the most prestigious events on the alpine circuit.

    他继续: ‘For me the important thing is to see the the next generation coming through.

    ‘You’re judged by what the next generation thinks of you, and we’re certainly not seen as a laughing stock anymore.

    ‘If I can ignite a fireI still remember watching Alain Baxter in Salt Lake City and the buzz and something inside me that said it was awesome.

    他加了: ‘If I’ve had that effect on another little kid somewhere, then I’m doing my job.

    Following his win on Saturday, Ryding became the oldest winner of a World Cup event at 35 and picked up the biggest payday of his career.

    他说: ‘I’m fortunate now since I’ve been in the top 15 to make a living. I’m no footballer.

    ‘The footballers earn more in a week than I do in a year. But I’m not complaining. If you are going to win one for prize money it is Kitzbuhel.

    ‘I am a tight a*** so I don’t know what I’ll spend it on. Maybe I don’t need to work a year longer in my life.

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