Winter Olympics LIVE: Dave Ryding aims to win Team GB’s first ever alpine ski medal in slalom

Dave Ryding became the first British skier to win a World Cup event less than one month before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and now he will try and repeat the feat in the men’s slalom event.

Ryding, 35, took top spot in Kitzbühel, Austria, in January and hopes to make history in his fourth Games.

Alain Baxter seemed to have won Britain’s first ever Olympic skiing medal when he finished third in the men’s slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. But he was later stripped of his bronze medal for using a decongestant that contained a banned stimulant.

Elsewhere, Colby Stevenson, who took silver in the freestyle skiing big air event last week, is aiming to become the first American to win multiple medals in Beijing when he goes in. the men’s slopestyle final, his best event.

Stevenson has fought back from a near-fatal 2016 car accident to reach the very top of his sport.

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