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Cochran-Siegle earns first career World Cup victory

Win in a Super G comes ten days after Vermont native earned his first career World Cup podium in a downhill.
United States' Ryan Cochran Siegle speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup...
United States' Ryan Cochran Siegle speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup Super G, in Bormio, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.(Marco Trovati | AP)
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 9:04 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - It’s been a pretty epic week-and-a-half for Starksboro’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

On Tuesday, Cochran-Siegle earned his first career World Cup victory. The 28-year-old flying to a dominant win in the Super-G in Bormio, Italy. His winning margin of 0.79 seconds, the largest in a World Cup Super-G in five years. He’s the first U.S. skier to win a World Cup Super-G since Bode Miller in 2006, and is believed to be the first Vermont-born skier to win a World Cup event since his aunt, Marilyn Cochran, won a World Cup giant slalom in 1973.

Just ten days ago, Cochran-Siegle also grabbed headlines with a second-place finish in a World Cup downhill in Val Gardena, Italy. It was the first top-three finish in a World Cup event for Cochran-Siegle and ended a nearly four-year drought for American men on the podium in the World Cup speed events, the Super G and downhill.

Cochran-Siegle spoke with WCAX just days after that podium performance, but also a few days prior to Tuesday’s victory. He almost seemed to predict how that second-place finish could launch him to an even bigger result, and soon.

“Having this under my belt, I think that pressure goes away,” Cochran-Siegle said. “And out of the gate, I can just really see that line that I want to ski and those movements I want to make to allow myself to be able to ski competitively. Now I know I can definitely be competitive against the best skiers in the world. Hopefully, I can build some consistency with that. I think one of the biggest things I learned from Gardena was to just have fun with it.... I think I had so much fun skiing in the course and learning that and finding that challenge, that I should try to take that experience and bring it to other venues... I think there’s a lot to take with me with that respect.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle is the son of Barbara Ann Cochran, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist. The fact that his first World Cup podium, a second-place finish, came at Val Gardena, holds special meaning for him. That’s because Barbara Ann also finished second, winning a silver medal, in the slalom at the 1970 World Championships that were held at Val Gardena, creating a special connection in an already special relationship between mother and son.

“Just trying to add to that legacy with my own experiences, it was cool. I knew she won the silver metal there back in ’70 and it was kind of one of those things that I didn’t really think about it until after the fact. And then I thought, ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool,’” Cochran-Siegle said.

“To be able to share that similar experience -- hers was in slalom, mine was in downhill -- so that’s a pretty different event, but yeah, I think it’s just kind of, it’s cool.”

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