Ryding ready to go as he lives the Olympic dream in Sochi

Dave Ryding's fund-raising event will be at Snozone on Saturday night.
Dave Ryding's fund-raising event will be at Snozone on Saturday night.

Colne-based skier Dave Ryding lives out his Olympic dream tomorrow.

Ryding, who hails from Bretherton, near Leyland, has a base in Colne, as he trains at Pendle Ski Club.

And, as Team GB’s sole Alpine skier in Sochi, the 27-year-old is in action in the Men’s Slalom tomorrow.

Run one takes place between 12-45-2--15 p.m. our time, with Run two from 4-15-5-35 p.m.

The 27-year-old flew out to Russia last week for the XXII Games - his second Games, after finishing 27th in Vancouver four years ago.

And he is excited to experience the atmosphere in Sochi: “My dream has always been to compete at the Olympics, but there is a lot of hard work involved. It’s not as easy as it looks! Going to the Olympics is sort of the reward for all the hard work that you have put in.”

Ryding first learned to ski, aged six, at Pendle, and he is confident he can improve upon his final placing four years ago and finish inside the top 20 - at least.

He said: “Obviously I am very excited at the moment.

“It’s my second Olympics and it should be a great experience once again.

“Hopefully, I will be able to raise my game on the day and perform well. It’s hard to say really what I can achieve.

“With slalom - the nature of the sport - anything can happen.

“There are so many variables in the sport and there are so many good skiers out there.

“It’s all about doing your best and hoping that is good enough for a good result.”