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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

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

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

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

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

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one! Now legends. Their names edged into

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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overall slalom champion from last year, Henrik Kristoffersen can he

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

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

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argument with his national federation, he wants to sign Red

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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was absolutely livid after he finished 1.6 seconds behind his

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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beautifully. Classic Henrik Kristoffersen. Really clean angles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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from the British skier. Next up representing Germany, Linus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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into equal first position with Jonathan Nordbotten. Jonathan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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German. The Frenchman next challenge, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and relaxed personality as well. He lets absolutely everything wrapped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tabloids, his girlfriend recently caught the bikini at a celebrity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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perspective. They say what goes around comes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Henrik Kristoffersen is on top of the podium once again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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athletes. Elise Christie winning five World Cup races in speed

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

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

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

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Billy Morgan took third in Monchengladbach where Katie Ormerod

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

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

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

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has a handful of Olympic medal contenders in freestyle and ski

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

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

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

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

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sprinkling of ingenuity and a large portion of creativity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tomorrow. How do you feel being back at

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

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

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

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

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

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obviously, two in edible European snowboarders but also Katie Ormerod

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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gem, Kendal dry slope. CHUCKLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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all right? Yes! CHUCKLES

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

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

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

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

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

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legend around these parts. Apparently pretty good!

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

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

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

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

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still has scenes because nowadays with the snow centres, people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this might inspire you, the inaugural year of the championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Southern France and western Italy have had fantastic snowfalls and as

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heinz. COMMENTATOR: He is really going for

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this! He leads the way!

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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.