David Ryding, as his full name is, was born on 05 December 1986 in Chorley, north of Liverpool and Manchester. Dave was all enthusiastic about skiing already when he was a very young boy. At home it was quite difficult – or almost impossible – to find a mountain covered with natural snow. So, Dave made all his training units on plastic slopes until the age of twelve. When he was eight, he took part in the first ski races on dry slopes. When he was 12, he started racing on natural snow and laid the foundation of his international skiing career. His father always supported Dave, and was also his coach right at the beginning. Why does a Brit sportsman choose ski racing? "I have always loved ski sports, and I was fascinated right from start," Dave explains.