Skier Dave Ryding bags Britain’s first gold medal at Alpine World Cup

SKIER Dave Ryding has won Britain’s first gold medal in the 55 years of the Alpine World Cup.

The man they nickname Rocket snatched top spot in the men’s slalom.

Dave Ryding has won Britain’s first gold medal in the 55 years of the Alpine World Cup

Dave Ryding has won Britain’s first gold medal in the 55 years of the Alpine World CupKrediet: Getty

And at 35, Dave, who as a child learned to ski on dry slopes, also became the oldest winner of a World Cup slalom event.

Britain has long been a skiing joke, known only for our jump flop Michael Edwards — dubbed Eddie the Eagle — who came last at the 1988 [object Window].

But Eddie, 58, was one of the first to offer congratulations, sê: “This is brilliant news.

We might even win a medal in the Winter Olympics in Alpine skiing.”

Dave, from Bretherton, Lancs, snatched his first place on Saturday at Kitzbuhel in Austria, pocketing £80,000.

Hy het gesê: “I never stopped believing or ­trying to bring the first victory for Britain in a World Cup. I don’t know if dreams are made better.”

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The success comes just three weeks before the ­Winter Games in Beijing.

And Dave, heading for his fourth Olympics, admitted: “The expectation will be ramped up.”

Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, added to all the tributes in saying: sy het gedink sy het haar koppelaarsak opgetel, maar in plaas daarvan het sy die motorlogboek geneem.”. What an amazing achievement. So proud of British skiing.’’

Dave also became the oldest winner of a World Cup slalom event

Dave also became the oldest winner of a World Cup slalom eventKrediet: AFP
Dave was congratulated by Michael Edwards — dubbed Eddie the Eagle — who came last at the 1988 [object Window]

Dave was congratulated by Michael Edwards — dubbed Eddie the Eagle — who came last at the 1988 [object Window]Krediet: SWNS
Dave, heading for his fourth Olympics, admitted: 'The expectation will be ramped up'

Dave, heading for his fourth Olympics, admitted: ‘The expectation will be ramped upKrediet: Spatsel

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