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MEETING | Dave Ryding – A collaborative vision

 

 

Dave Ryding. A name that evokes endurance and performance.
World Class Slalom skier, Dave Ryding has entrusted the Fusalp x GB Snowsport capsule to showcase his specially designed Yniq goggles.
An honour for our house.

We met with him to learn more about his definition of vision.

 

How would you define the word vision and what does it mean to you?

​Vision to me is how I perceive what is set out in front of me, and the ability to plan for the future using my imagination and experience. To have a vision is to have a goal and a dream to work towards.

 

Everybody has been given a gift and a special talent – What would you say yours is?

​Other than my great looks, I believe you are not given a specific gift, but you are a product of your upbringing and surroundings. My parents installed a work ethic and the ability to get back up again into me from a young age.
The grind and workload of an athlete is huge but with work you can make it a way of life.

 

 

 

When you have vision, you know how to stay in the race and complete it. How do you keep your vision alive when things go wrong or when you experience setbacks?

​Setbacks and poor performances are part of everyday life not just sport. The only way to overcome these is to surround yourself with incredible people, dust yourself off and no matter how bad you feel about it, click back into your skis the next day and go absolutely all in!

 

The dreamer who succeeds is someone who has a clear vision and acts on it. Sounds easy but can you give us 3 tips on how to keep a vision alive.

​Firstly, actually believe it! Don’t just say it because it sounds good.
– Don’t let anyone put doubt into your head. People will try to knock you down everywhere.
– Sacrifice absolutely everything else other than family and relationships.
– Use 100% of your time to work harder than anyone else.

More often than not it’s not rocket science, it’s the ability to dedicate and work. But this is what people are scared of.

 

You obviously had a different pathway to other ski racers – learning how to ski on dry “plastic” ski slopes. You talk a lot about will power and how you succeed against all odds to achieve your goals and dreams. Did you have to train harder then anyone else to get where you are ?

​I will never say I work harder than anyone else because that’s not fair and I don’t know exactly what other athletes do with their time. I do know that I had to make my improvements in my skiing skills later in my life than others which is generally harder to do. So, I can say I went absolutely all in to make it happen. A lot of this is thanks also to my coach’s work ethic and desire to. I believe even at 35 I have a work ethic that is hard to match!

 

 

You are Britain’s most decorated skier of all times – how do you live with that status – does it motivate you or put more pressure on you?

​To be honest I don’t think about that.
I don’t ski to be the greatest British Skier; I ski to constantly try to improve myself and to stay competitive against my fellow athletes.

I feel you can get stuck if all you think about is the best in Britain, we have to dream bigger than that now as a team together. I am fully aware of my status of course; however, I also know that the next generation will want to raise the bar further in the future. I can say I am proud to have raised the bar for the next generation to aim at if that is the case.

 

Vision is foresight – how do you see Britain’s future in ski racing?

​I am very hopeful for the British Ski Racing future, but we have to continue to dream big. My generation we only had myself (male) the next generation needs to aim for 2 athletes of my level, the following 3 or 4 etc and I feel if we have the right people and programs driving things forward, we can achieve this. I am no super talent, but my team have shown it is absolutely possible to be on the podium more than once with the correct approach.

 

How do you manage to keep your focus day in and day out on your objective and long-term goals?

I have made my life about focusing on my training, everything I do, I think about my skiing. My Fiancé is my absolute rock and she is always there for me so I know even if thi​ngs don’t get any better, my skiing career is to finish, or should I ever win a World Cup race, she will be there for me and this is so important.

 

 

How and when do you establish your specific plan for achieving your vision – your objectives?

​I feel it is a constant evolving process. Naturally after every race, month, season we analyse how we are doing and set short-, medium- and long-term plans. We have our training programs; we have people around us to help where and when we need but we keep flexible as to how and where we put our plans into action.

 

Do you have a pre race routine to get into the zone? Is this something you would recommend?

​With my experience everything just happens naturally now, and I don’t have to think about a set routine etc, I know how to get into the zone. I do use music (both to take my mind off the event but also, I feel the right music changes my mental state) and I go through my warm ups.

 

Do you thrive or crack under pressure?

​I think if you are in the top 15 in the World you have to have shown you can handle pressure as you need consistent good results to be ranked there. I would say you can always be better and I am of course always thinking how I can improve. I have led 2 World Cups after the first run. I have finished 2nd to Marcel Hirscher on one occasion and crashed going for the win on the other, so I can do it, but I must do it more often.

 

Do you have specific techniques or rituals that help you deal with pressure on race day or even on a daily basis? Something you can share with us.

​Not really, a good warm up on my skis always gets me in the zone.

 

 

Made from materials selected for their high-tech qualities and benefiting from a design that offers maximum peripheral vision, the DAVE RYDING goggle – part of the Fusalp x GB Snowsport capsule – offer unequalled peripheral vision. The secret? Award-winning, patented Yniq technology and handcrafting by Italian artisans.

 

How important is the quality of your goggles and lenses on race day?

​Absolutely paramount. If you can see better than your rivals you have an advantage before you start. If you can’t see changes in terrain or any bumps and ruts that have formed in the course, it is impossible to react fast enough, and you can’t help but ski slower as a result. Take driving for example, the worse the vision the slower you drive, it is the same for ski racing.

 

What do you love most about your specific goggles?

​I love how Yniq have made my goggle unique to me and my country. The Union Jack is iconic, and I am very proud to represent my nation. I think it looks awesome with all the different lenses Yniq have to offer and most importantly the material is of the very best quality for vision and comfort.

 

 

When can you see better- you are more confident, and you perform better, right?

​Absolutely, you can see everything you need to and can be confident you can react to any bump or change in terrain that the course presents to you.

 

Do you have any tips for the recreational skiers out there on how to best take care of their goggles?

​If you take them off, put them in their bag. If you want to clean them, use either their bag or a very good piece of material. Most of the time, damage happens when the goggle is not on your face.

 

Do you are with a single or double google lens?

​I use a double lens as they are much more robust and much less susceptible to fogging up in bad weather.

 

How do you avoid fogging issues – Any tips on what NOT TO DO?

​Keep the goggles dry and try to leave them on your face more. They get damp and water inside when you take them on and off in bad weather. Or just head to the bar when the weather is bad a few runs earlier than normal ;).

 

How important is the right equipment for an athlete?

For an athlete is to perform well, equipment such as clothing is often completely overlooked. When the weather is sunny and warm everyone is happy, and it is quite easy to take care of an athlete’s needs. However, as so often happens in the mountains, weather is very often not to ones liking. This is when the teams with the best clothing always look and perform the most comfortable. To be able to stay dry in the rain, warm in the cold or simply the most robust in and around work the material and design is key. Thanks to Fusalp we don’t have to worry about this, and we can head into any situation confident we will feel great. Looking good is an absolute given of course!

 

 

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