Alpine skier Dave Ryding has made historical past in Austria after profitable Nice Britain’s first World Cup gold medal.
The 35-year-old beat off competitors from Norwegian duo Lucas Braathen and Henrik Kristoffersen to take first place within the Kitzbuhel Slalom.
His, and Nice Britain’s, earlier finest end on the occasion was second in 2017.
However Ryding received gold after a surprising second run in beneath 50 seconds.
He was sat in sixth place after his first run of 51.40 however a time of 49.86 was sufficient to beat Braathen to first place by 0.38 seconds.
“I’ve gone clean,” he mentioned proper after the race.
“There was a lot emotion after I completed and now I simply, I do not know what to say, I am usually not misplaced for phrases however now.
“, I am 35 now however I by no means stopped believing, I by no means stopped attempting, and to deliver the primary victory for Nice Britain in a World Cup, in Kitzbuhel, I imply, I do not know if desires are made higher.
“Thanks on your assist, it means the world simply to listen to some Brits and other people cheering within the followers as a result of , I haven’t got a house race however there’s at all times some Brits within the Alps as a result of we love snowboarding and we like to get together as effectively, so, thanks.”
Focus now turns to Beijing
Ryding has represented Workforce GB in three Winter Olympics and might be captaining the group at his fourth Video games on 4 February.
He was named within the squad for the Beijing Games on Friday and might be hoping to proceed to momentum from Austria to China.
Ryding began snowboarding on dry slopes in Pendle, Lancashire, on the age of eight however did not attain the world’s prime desk till the age of 28.
Talking to Workforce GB in November, he mentioned: “Coming to the highest later means my motivation continues to be proper up there.
“I skilled my entire life to get into the highest 30 on the earth and now I am there, so why not stick with it. I’ve discovered tips on how to be dedicated and now it is a lifestyle.
“I rise up some mornings and cannot be arsed to go to the fitness center – however I simply roll out of the door and I by no means miss a session.
“In my twenties, I did not exit partying. I’ve at all times achieved my coaching and I feel that does repay in later life. I am doing higher numbers within the fitness center and operating than I’ve ever achieved.”