Dave Ryding wins World Cup skiing silver to match best ever result

Dave Ryding (far left) finished second in the parallel slalom in Oslo
Ryding (left) pulled up before the finish line after missing a gate pushing to close the gap on winner Marco Schwarz

British skier Dave Ryding equalled his and his country's best alpine World Cup result by finishing second in the parallel slalom in Oslo.

Ryding, 32, beat Austria's world number one Marcel Hirscher in the last eight of the event, in which skiers race directly against their opponents.

Trailing Austria's Marco Schwarz by 0.28 seconds after the first run of the final, he missed a gate in run two.

That meant he matched the second place he achieved in Kitzbuehel in 2017.

Konrad Bartelski also earned silver in the downhill at Val Gardena in 1981, but Britain's search for an alpine World Cup gold continues.

Ryding finished fourth overall - his second best finish - at the World Cup in Italy on 23 December. He was ninth at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"I'll look back at the end of my career and see where I'm at, but I just want to keep working, keep learning, keep getting better and maybe - you never know - maybe go that one step more," he said.

"I just need to keep believing in myself a bit more than I was at the start.

"The depth in men's slalom is crazy at the moment, but if I keep putting myself in the position then maybe one day I'll pick it up."

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