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.
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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