Adelboden Ski Sunday

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The first Ski Sunday of the season comes from Adelboden in Switzerland, and features the men's slalom. Can Briton Dave Ryding contend for the podium?

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History rarely looks like history when it's being created. At that


time, there's no knowing... When some eccentric Brits decided to turn


sliding down a mountain into a sport, they probably didn't think it


would become the world tour that it is now. And as the World Cup has


grown, so have the reputations of those who have competed. The number


one! Now legends. Their names edged into


the history books. Lindsey Vorn, Brilliant run! Million stuff from


the World Cup leader! History has a habit of repeating itself. But in


our sport, simply imitating those who have gone before doesn't cut it.


So no sooner has history smiled on its achievement than the smirk is


wiped off its face by someone doing something bigger and better than


anyone had imagined possible. For now, we won't trouble ourselves with


the bigger picture. The joy is in watching the boundaries being


pushed. History will be its own judge. Let the drama unfold.


Hello and welcome to Adelboden. This year, the World Cup celebrates its


50th anniversary and we join the tour just in time for the classic


races. Yes, several great races coming up in the next few weeks but


first this is Adelboden, 20,000 fans ready to scream on their ski idols


in the men's slalom. We've got a stellar line-up including the


overall champion for the last five years Marcel Hirscher, and the most


dominant force in slalom skiing at the moment, Henrik Kristoffersen.


But getting closer and closer to those two is Britain's very own Dave


Ryding. Like so many of the stars of British snow sport, Dave started out


on one of the country's dry slopes. They've uncovered a couple hidden


gems. Just blown by the locals really, just look at them, they are


just sessioning this and absolutely loving it! More on that later on in


the show but now it is back to the slalom here in Adelboden and before


the race began, Graeme Winch went to talk to Dave Ryding, who goes into


this race in the form of his life. Dave Ryding scored his first ever


World Cup top ten in the first race of the season in Levi, Finland, with


a sixth place and he backed that up in Zagreb with a seventh. I'm


guessing he's going to be in a good mood! Dave, how you doing?


Congratulations. Thank you. Awesome season. Tell us about the result in


Levi,. I knew I had some better skiing than last year and I came


into the season in good shape. I just had everything out there and I


was forth after the first run and I thought crikey, it's on now, I'm


going to have to step up on the second one. I wasn't as good on the


second one but still, second place is a dream start to the season. You


jumped into fourth and then it was like wow in Levi. In Zagreb, you


were lying down in 16th place and you came down and you took the lead


by quite a substantial margin over Stefano Gross. Levi was like, I've


got it all to lose. Zagreb was like, I knew I could do better on the


first run. I was slightly annoyed with myself. I was slightly


motivated and itching to get going on the second run. It's an awesome


feel when -- feeling when you see the green light and you let it all


out. What was it like actually being in the leaders's in closure. It's a


dream you just start dreaming and you think you can start picking off


the next guy and the next guy and to get to seven the game was great.


Those strong results meant a ride down a zip wire to the Adelboden


draw. Last night he joined slalom's biggest names as the start list for


the race was picked. As the top skiers, Henrik Kristoffersen and


Marcel Kircher, what do you have to do to challenge them? You're right,


they are a step above the rest. If you look at Henrik, need is the


basics rather than every -- better than everyone else. That's what I'd


been working on for the last three years now, just do the basics better


and I will keep trying to do that. Keep looking at people like Henrik.


They are the guys that I looked it and you can see they are working on


doing the basics right and that's what I'm trying to do as well. To


skiing well? On this slope. I've not figure that out in the last two


years! I've not had my best races here. But I think it is believing


myself. My improved form shows that I'm better and I will just try and


attack it and bring what I've got. It's a cool experience, the crowd is


just buzzing on the piste and you can't not hear it. But you've just


got to keep focusing on going down. It feels a little bit like deja vu.


Every year we come to Adelboden and talk about just how much Dave Ryding


has progressed. What would you put that down to? I think it's mostly a


lot of hard work but he has also added to his very small team. He did


have one coach and he has now added another and the two of his support


staff are the same age as Dave and they are both former racers. They


are as committed to the programmers he is. It's all about incremental


gains, anything they can do to make Dave faster, they do. Do you think


he is a realistic medal contender at Pyeongchang, only a year away? I


think they've could become a medal contender for Pyeongchang. The


overall slalom champion from last year, Henrik Kristoffersen can he


missed a couple of races at the start of the season despite being


fit and in the form of his life. What's that all about? He had an


argument with his national federation, he wants to sign Red


Bull is a personal sponsor, like his team-mate, Axel, but he wasn't


allowed to do so. It wasn't just about the money. When he started


running again, he started winning. Add Valdez there he put down eight


special -- per down a special run. The two of them are in a league of


their own at the moment. The Norwegian is certainly the man to


beat at the moment. The slalom is contested over two runs. Only the


fastest will race again. The classic looked set up to be


contested by slalom's big names. Felix Neureuther laid down a solid


if unspectacular run. They say some guys have all the luck and the


Norwegian's dominant performance, if that wasn't enough, the weather


closed in, completely changing the make-up of the race. Conditions took


a turn for the worse. The rest of the field struggled as visibility


got worse and worse. Current slalom World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher


became lost in the fog on the fiendishly steep bottom section and


was absolutely livid after he finished 1.6 seconds behind his


biggest rival. Britain's Dave Ryding was frustrated after a couple of


costly errors left him over three seconds off the lead but even so he


still gets a second run and a chance of a career-best finish here in


Adelboden. I think it's fair to say that weather dictated the results


rather than the skiers's form? Massive time differences as well.


Earlier this week in Zagreb, the top 30 were separated by one and a half


seconds. Here, Marcel Hirscher is down in sixth place. It was very


thick fog. If it was a football match, it would have been cancelled.


But it is a ski racing and they will only stop it if it is dangerous. It


wasn't fair, but life is not fair. What do you think the best Dave


Ryding and Marcel Hirscher can expect from the second run? Even


though Dave Ryding was massively disappointed with his run and he was


not happy about the conditions, he's lying in 18th place and he could


potentially move up into the top ten which would be a great result for


him. The last time I saw Marcel Hirscher this angry after a run was


when he put his goggles the wrong way round and he moved up into 20th


position. Marcel Hirscher will go absolutely 100% on the second run


and try and shoot for top spot. Talking of the top spot, Henrik


Kristoffersen may have had the best of the weather but he skied


beautifully. Classic Henrik Kristoffersen. Really clean angles


and really setting his terms. Interesting to see how close Moelgg


was. It may now become a three horse race for slalom wins.


Over to Charlie with the commentary. COMMENTATOR: Jonathan Nord button


will get this under way, 8.4 seconds off the pace of the first round


leader who is his compatriot, Henrik Kristoffersen. Nordbotten With that


very upright start in the upper body, trying to keep it as tight as


possible while the legs go to work underneath him. Edge to edge,


alternate red and blue gates. As you can see, the weather is


significantly better for this second run, as Nordbotten comes over into


the steepest pitch of the run, perhaps the steepest pitch on any


slalom run on the World Cup tour. 60%. It's about 30 degrees. A couple


of slip turns but he has got them calving again and now Nordbotten


looking to set the pace in this second run, which he does at


1:58.73. That is the time they will all be looking to beat. That was a


great run by Jonathan Nordbotten, taking full advantage of the fact


that he started number one on the second run. The mist has lifted and


the visibility is much better. A good run laid down and that time


should stand for a few races. Dave Ryding of Great Britain than next to


go. Can he find a second run charge like he found in Zagreb on Thursday


when he moved from 16th to seventh? 0.57 is his advantage over


Nordbotten. Conditions far better for Ryding, but he has lost a lot of


time on those opening gates, but many before him have lost time as


well. Can he find it between intermediate and one and two? Ryding


is a 100 of a second the wrong side of the clock. Coming in now to the


finish pitch, one of the steepest pitch is on the World Cup tour. 60%.


To put that into perspective, the steepest road in Great Britain is


30%. Ryding has the green light but can he keep it to the finish?


Nordbotten has led all the way but Ryding is putting his time under


pressure. 1:58.73. Can Ryding get there? No, he's just outside. He


goes at second for the time being. That was a great second run from


Dave Ryding. Jonathan Nordbotten, he had a really tough time to beat. He


has set a course with a big offset and Ryding came on to that finish


pitch and did the left foot under gate, two Gates set in the same


direction, he did that well and took the lead at that point but just


couldn't quite hold it until the finish. Still a great performance


from the British skier. Next up representing Germany, Linus


Strasser. Strasser has had a good season, points scored in every


slalom race and he's starting to knock on the door of the top 30. Can


he maintain the green light from top to bottom? 1:26.89, Strasser still


has it and he has found three hundredths of a second. If he gets


to the bottom of this run he will better his best ever result here,


but what he will want to do is try to get in front of Jonathan'


Nordbotten, who was the first place skier down this run. It's that


enough to take the lead away from the Norwegian, Nordbotten? He's done


it... No, it is the same time! Exactly the same time. Strasser goes


into equal first position with Jonathan Nordbotten. Jonathan


Nordbotten's time is not beaten but it is matched exactly to the


hundreds of a second. As the German came onto the finish pitch, he skied


the under gate very well. It's confusing, you can dive in on that


last one and you might get a quick split time but you haven't invested


in the height to carry the Skeete the finish and that is exactly what


happened there. Still, nothing to separate the Norwegian and the


German. The Frenchman next challenge, the


winner of the giant slalom here yesterday, looking for the double.


His advantage over the leaders .15 of a second and he's having to jump


into the turns. It's very, very scrappy, somehow stays upright,


that's a wonderful piece of athleticism to stay on his skis. Its


cost and time. Still in touch, point to two off the pace. How can he'd


get on? He has found time, .17 of a second. Can he keep it clean to the


finish? Last couple of turns, looking to take it away from the


competition. He does. He leads for France. Living by the seat of his


pants. Using his skills, his giant slalom skills to make that long left


footed under date very clean. Carried speed and got hyped and was


able to carry the exhilaration of the way down into the finish and


that is what made up the time, the last section. COMMENTATOR: Next ago,


the Austrian who led after the first round run in Zagreb the other night.


No pressure here, but look at that for a start, full out attack from


the man who has found time on those opening turns. Really taking it to


these gates. He continues to find time. He is flying. Enter the


finishing Petch, the cloud comes back in. Conditions far from ideal


for the Austrian but he's not holding back. Look at that 0.7 five.


He will be so disappointed after his performance in Zagreb, he's taking


it out on the course, surely the leaders time will be beaten? Here he


comes, he's done it! 0.43, what response.


A very exciting skier to watch, so loose and relaxed on his skis. Loose


and relaxed personality as well. He lets absolutely everything wrapped


when he is on the course. Ready to race as the overall World Cup leader


who puts his balance down to childhood summers riding on cows and


playing on slack lines. Can he balance speed and control to claim


top spot? COMMENTATOR: He leads the slalom standings, not happy with the


first run and the cloud but things have not improved. But at least he


will be used to skiing this piste in the cloud today.


He really needs to put in one of those second run charges late in the


line, that's a big mistake. He got his 100th podium finish here


yesterday to go level in all-time podium finishes. He needs one more


to go into second position out right. He will have his work cut out


here. He's being juddered around. You can see him gritting his teeth.


Still has the green light, looking to take it away from his compatriot,


Manuel Feller. He leads, that's really good skiing in the bottom


half. He leads by 0.86 of a second. That is the lead and crucially he is


not punching the air with the light in the finish area, he made a couple


of small mistakes, one on the flat and then coming onto the steep very


hard on his edges, really aggressive. Interesting that the fog


might be coming in on the top of the course as that could play a part in


the last part of this race. Next ago is the German number one, a sporting


celebrity, his patchy start the season is not the focus of German


tabloids, his girlfriend recently caught the bikini at a celebrity


wedding and the press are getting excited. Can he be best man on this


big day? COMMENTATOR: Just three remain at the top of the hill. First


of which is Felix. Second in Zagreb. On Thursday. The three remaining


scares were the podium finishers in Zagreb. He sees his advantage on was


totally wiped out in the opening turns. He needs to get into the red


over and quickly. -- into the rhythm of the course and quickly. Can he


scheme this bottom pitch? That's the difference at the moment, these


bottom turns, get it back together again, finds an extra tenth of a


second. As the cloud clears they can let the skis go. Can he get in front


of the leader? No! 0.05, the wrong side of the clock from his


perspective. They say what goes around comes


around, he started early on the first run and had a brilliantly


clear race, second run the for could come in, not as clean on that second


section, could not carry the speed to the line. It looks like Marcel


Hirscher will be on the podium again. The veteran ski racer loves


his bike on what as much as his skis. He raised money for critically


ill children in the summer. They say nice guys finish last but he has won


this week in Zagreb and should not be ruled out. COMMENTATOR: Manfred


Moelgg, his advantage a massive 1.22 seconds. Had the last of the good


weather in the first run, he's got cloud in the second. What can the


veteran do? The answer is it's a good start, the second oldest winner


on the World Cup tour in Zagreb. And at the next time split he finds


himself 1.23 seconds the right side of the clock. Now, coming onto the


finish pitch. The right gets thrown behind his body, he gets it back


together quickly. The advantage is 0.9 to take the lead away from


Marcel Hirscher. It's only a mistake which will cost him now or at least


the lead. Surely the time will be beaten and it is, but only by 0.3


six. He backs up his Zagreb win with another fine performance.


Great run from Manfred Moelgg, clearly not going to settle for


second place, relaxed and aggressive skiing from the Italian and he's


thrown down the gauntlet to Henrik Kristoffersen. But it was his coach


who set the second run, that should help the Norwegian. Next is Henrik


Kristoffersen, last season he was champion of this discipline and the


first race to win six slab runs in one season since 1992. But the


Norwegian is staying grounded. He is dating his childhood sweetheart and


has a new puppy. While the fairy tale continues here and see him


crowned top dog? COMMENTATOR: The final race at the top of the hill,


Henrik Kristoffersen, can he take the win away from Manfred Moelgg? We


have seen those in the past folding under the pressure of leading after


the first run but not this man, he knows no fear. He has eyes in his


veins as he attacks once again. He keeps the advantage at 0.6 one.


Trying to defend his title that he won here last year, into the


finishing pitch. Had good weather in run one, cloud in the second run,


can he keep it together? You bet he can, he is annihilating Manfred


Moelgg's time, stamping his authority on the slalom World Cup


tour. Surely for the win? It's immense! Its immense! 1.83, what a


winning margin! Henrik Kristoffersen is the winner! What a performance.


Marcel Hirscher does not look happy. That's because of the first run. But


Henrik Kristoffersen is on top of the podium once again.


We said before the race that this was a two horse race and between the


runs it was maybe a three horse race but now I think Henrik Kristoffersen


has proven he is in a league of his own, that was absolutely


outstanding. Admittedly it was a course set for him by his coach but


that's the way to do it, superb angles are superbly clean,


generating speed all the way down. Brilliant. Confirmation of the


result. He won the four Classics last year and he could repeat the


feat in 2017. Mandrake more Dave Ryding recalls his best finish


ever hear coming 15th in Adelboden. That is four top 15 finishes this


season. It is so fun to ski and with the people around, thank you so


much. I can hear them on the course and it's so fun to ski here. The


second run was very impressive, tell us about it? I just tried to push as


hard as I could. Just skiing. I'm having fun. It's just a nice


feeling. You must have had the worst of the conditions on the first run


but the second, happy with it? I give it what I had, pushed as hard


as I could. It always could be better but I was happy with how I


approached it and some of the skiing I put down. It's a tough course,


it's really nice to be in the top 15. The second run course set by the


Norwegian coach, big offset a set of Henrik Kristoffersen? Yeah, and I


would guess Jonathan Nordbotten as well, he was still leading when I


came down so you can say he did a good job. What does 15th place mean


for you in terms of staying in the top 15? I'm not sure, I will find


out when I get back to the hotel and see where it puts me, I just have to


keep chipping away throughout the season and it should take care of


itself. Better skiing and hopefully a bit more luck like the first round


and we will see. A personal best you here. By far, positives to take


away, showing if you fight and are willing to stick it in the finish on


the first run then anything is possible and to come away with 15th


is more than I expected, when I saw you after the first run and I


thought I was going home early. Congratulations, well done. Thank


you. Elsewhere in winter sports, Inc credible results for British


athletes. Elise Christie winning five World Cup races in speed


skating and Lizzie Arnold is barred in the World Cup standings having


returned to competition after over a year of break from the sport.


Meanwhile Team GB snowboarders have been impressing in the World Cup.


Billy Morgan took third in Monchengladbach where Katie Ormerod


won Silver, having already claimed bronze in South Korea in November.


In Moscow yesterday she became the first Briton ever to win gold at a


World Cup. Congratulations. When you think about at the fact that Team GB


has a handful of Olympic medal contenders in freestyle and ski


racers regularly placing on the World Cup it's pretty incredible.


Especially when you consider we don't have mountains on this kind of


scale back home. Which means that our relative success in snow sports


can be attributed in no small part to a huge made of hard work, a


sprinkling of ingenuity and a large portion of creativity.


We are pretty resourceful when we have to be here in Britain. Nowadays


you are never far from a course. The current generations success is down


to the humble dry slope. They are dotted all over the UK, come in all


shapes and sizes and they might look a bit tired compared to their shiny


new indoor cousins but scratch beneath the surface and you will see


they are thriving. To prove it I'm going on a road trip from south to


north visiting some of the UK's best and most unique dry slopes.


Unfortunately for me I've got a friend for a company. You probably


know him from this. Or maybe this? It is of course Jamie Nicholls. Good


morning. No, I've never ridden here so I'm


quite excited. That jump looks fun. Let's try it out.


I got Jamie's autograph when he was about 11. Keep up the snow!


The first stop here at Snowtrax done and dusted and you have to say,


pretty rad set up. I like how it is confined in a small space. There's


loads of stuff you can do, loads of rails. It's 9am on a Wednesday


morning and beginner lessons are happening over there and there is an


85-year-old guy learning to ski! How amazing is that! Lock and Load and a


warm well dry slope here we come! I remember competing here when I was


eight years old and I remember that so well! Still here.


Blown away by the locals really. Look at them, they are just


sessioning this rad setup and absolutely loving it. Warmwell! We


had a lot of fun but we couldn't hang around. Our final stop for the


day in Gloucester was 124 miles and two and a half hours up the road.


This was a chance to relive the good old days. My first ever competition


here a few years back. Jamie wasn't even born.


And it was our first encounter with the infamous wrist injuring finger


snapping diamonds of doom. Feeling very nervous right now! It's like


200 metres of panicking the whole way down. Kind of like going back in


a time warp to 80s. Riding on this stuff, I don't know. But it's nice,


it's got a romantic charm to it. This is the dry slope of old right


here. Soaking wet, hanging out with your mates. Isn't it ironic that


it's called dry slope and yet you leave soaking wet! How you feeling


now? Feeling tired, man. Good, though, isn't it? Feel like I've


written three slopes in a day. We have! -- ridden. Really excited for


tomorrow. How do you feel being back at


Halifax? Every time I'm back home, I love coming back here. It's where I


started snowboarding, so it brings back great memories for me. Andy is


here and he has come to shred. Come on then. We don't have long, do we?


An hour and then I have to meet the rest of the GB crew in Scotland, so


we had better get going. why has this place produced well,


obviously, two in edible European snowboarders but also Katie Ormerod


is a product of this place. She started just after me and I can


remember her being so small and now she's just amazing, the first woman


to do a double cut 1080. This is from all the practice riding on this


dry slope. We would hit this one and then that one, right through those


trees. On top of the quarter pipe or over there. You have to be a bit


creative, basically. That transfers then onto snow and that is where we


have counted today. Jay is off to meet up with Team GB and I'm going


to take you down to Sheffield. They've got a half pipe, they've got


an actual dendex half pipe! In 2012, Sheffield ski village was destroyed


by fire. They had a half pipe... Sheffield is sadly very much the


past of dry slopes. In its heyday, this was Europe's largest artificial


ski resort and it was a resort. It's not just a straight slope with just


one jump. It's got all sorts. This was an amazing breeding ground for


so many good snow was and -- so many good skiers and snowboarders. James


Woods, obviously. It's terrible this burned down a year ago. There's


nothing left to right for us. But in 2015, the Salt Street crew proved


that where there's a will, there's a way. There are whispers of Sheffield


ski village being rebuilt but I'm not the only one who hopes they are


true. For now, though, it was time to hit the road again. I left him in


Yorkshire and hit the road with an impromptu stop off along the way. As


we were barrelling up the M6 we had a quick look on the map and noticed


that not more than 50 minutes off the motorway is this little hidden


gem, Kendal dry slope. CHUCKLES


Look at it! Answer me this, why is it green? It is green because we are


just on the edge of the national park. Where we are based, having a


white slope wouldn't have been fitting with the local surroundings.


OK. How important do you think it is to have dry slopes like this? It is


important because for that weekly, day-to-day practice, this is the


scene for these guys. Some of these guys have never been on snow and


some of them might never go on snow but they can still take part. It's a


great facility and it's a great scene in the UK. It looks great. The


sprinklers have just come on. I'm going to have a quick slide. Is that


all right? Yes! CHUCKLES


Well, there you go. Kendal done and dusted. Very stoked we stopped off


here. What a little treat, that one. As the sun set on day two of our


tour, quickly back to the M6 and the small mile of 150 -- small matter of


150 miles to drive to Glasgow for our final stop. We've met back up


with Jamie and also that boy right there, Matt McCormack. He's a local


legend around these parts. Apparently pretty good!


Pretty intimidating first go. Not going to lie. It's a big jump.


It seems like all the slopes we've been to, it's a similar deal. It's a


similar scene, there are kids just constantly sessioning and riding.


Which is a good thing! It's a good thing that these dry slopes are


still has scenes because nowadays with the snow centres, people


ventured to those things. It's going to change at some point, some snow


dome, some actual fridge kids will come through here. They are coming


up now. There are loads of young kids coming up there. There needs to


be a collaboration between the two. There's one kid from Braehead, he's


just started here and he has progressed so fast through jumps.


We've enjoyed it, we've had a good hot lap of the UK. From what you've


said and obviously yourselves, the future of British no boarding is


pretty bright, isn't it? Definitely. 100%. Listen, you haven't earned


your bowl of chips yet, so let's do it, let's have a view more runs. --


the future of British snowboarding. It's great to see so many UK


facilities thriving. If you're interested in getting involved in


skiing or snowboarding on British soil, you can go to that website and


get involved and find your local slope. We want to show pictures and


videos of you guys in action. Just send them in using the hashtag Ski


Sunday. If you weren't inspired by our tour of the British dry slopes,


this might inspire you, the inaugural year of the championship


ski and snowboard league. It pits dry slopes and snow domes around the


UK head-to-head. The standard is pretty impressive. Whether you are


on dry slope at home or abroad, lay down your best runs and send them


our way. We will also answer your questions from the silly to the


serious and we have got all bases covered. We've had a lot of people


asking about snow conditions in the Alps and where is best. It's


important to say, don't believe in everything you read in the papers.


Southern France and western Italy have had fantastic snowfalls and as


you can see, Switzerland and Austria have had their fill in the last week


as well. We've had questions from Nick and you, who want to know who


our best prospects in British downhill are. -- Nick and Ewan. They


say that ski and slalom discipline but downhill is a cult! Britain has


had great history in producing downhill skiers in the past but now


we are a bit thin on the ground and mainly producing technical skiers.


On the women's side, we have got Alex and Charlotte McShane double


guest. Do you think the lack of downhill has coincided with the lack


of the mad gene! Another question asks how you get more roosters on


his toes. That refers to the spray you get. He has got some incredible


toe and he is finishing his heel side once beautifully. If you put


more weight on it and then finish your turn by cutting across, you


will pick up more snow. That is it for this week and join as next week


for the fastest and longest downhill on the World Cup tour. We're also


featuring a Swiss skier who doesn't like to hang around either, Jeremie


Heinz. COMMENTATOR: He is really going for


this! He leads the way!


The first Ski Sunday of the season comes from Adelboden in Switzerland, and features the men's slalom. Britain's Dave Ryding goes into the new year off the back of a career-best sixth place at the World Cup in Levi. Can the British skier contend for the podium with slalom greats Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen?

The programme also features a tour of the UK's dryslopes with Olympic snowboarder Jamie Nicholls.