Who was Great Britain's first ski racer to win a World Cup competition?
David Ryding (born 5 December 1986) is an English World Cup alpine ski racer who specialises in slalom. He has competed for Great Britain in three Olympics, seven World Championships, and won the Europa Cup.
Born in Bretherton, Lancashire, England, Ryding started competing on dry ski slopes at age eight, first skied on snow at twelve, and continued racing on dry slopes until age 21.
He started competing on the Europa Cup in 2007 and made his World Cup debut in December 2009. He won his first British national senior title in 2008, defeating Alain Baxter, who was competing in his final British championships and whom Ryding described as his role model during his teenage years.
On 22 January 2022 Ryding took his and Great Britain's first ever World Cup win, winning the slalom in Kitzbühel on the Ganslernhang. At the age of 35, he also became the oldest-ever winner of a World Cup slalom.