Laurie Taylor produced an inspired performance that saw him rise from a start number of 28 to go into eighth after the first run and then into third at the end of the Qualifying race for the World Championship Slalom. A fantastic performance from the man from Basingstoke who has risen up through the system under the guidance of the British Ski Academy.
After the race, Taylor explained “Really happy with today, I went in looking to just ski it smart and solid and make the top 25 for tomorrow, so super happy to walk away with a podium. I don’t really have any expectations for tomorrow, I just want to ski solid again and do what I can.”
An added bonus for Taylor was that the result saw him make a career best 15.75 FIS point result. This is his second sub twenty point result of the season, his first in Slalom.
Taylor is riding the crest of a wave that has seen him come to the forefront of those wanting to challenge Dave Ryding. Tristan Glasse Davies has already spoken very enthusiastically of the potential of Taylor prior to Kitzbuehel.
British fans will now have two racers to cheer on in the final race of the 2017 Alpine World Championships: Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor. The last time this happened in the Men’s races was in Garmisch in the speed races with TJ Baldwin and Dougie Crawford. in the technical races the last time at the World Championships was also in the tech races with Dave Ryding, Noel Baxter and TJ Baldwin in the Giant Slalom. The last time in Slalom was also in Garmisch with Noel Baxter and Dave Ryding.
Race starts at 08.45 GMT tomorrow!