Cochran-Siegle looks back at World Cup win
And the journey he took to reach the top of the podium.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Ryan Cochran-Siegle has become a bit of an overnight sensation in the world of alpine skiing following his first career World Cup victory. But like with most overnight sensations, years of work and dedication went in to making that success possible.
Cochran-Siegle dominated the field in winning a Super G last week in Bormio, Italy. He’s the first American men’s skier to win a World Cup Super G since Bode Miller in 2006, and the first Vermont-born World Cup winner in 47 years.
And just ten days prior to that, the 28-year-old son of Olympic gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran earned his first career podium finish with a second place in a downhill at Val Gardena.
It was the culmination of a long road for Ryan. A World Junior champion in 2012, Cochran-Siegle suffered major knee injuries in 2013 and 2014 that cost him two full years of his career.
He slowly worked his way back, made the U-S Olympic team in 2018, and now has four top ten finishes in his last five World Cup starts.
While standing atop the podium for the first time, you could understand if Ryan’s mind wandered back to those injuries and the climb back, but as a member of American skiing’s most famous family, Cochran-Siegle says his thoughts went back to the very beginning.
“I think I go back even further to my childhood, just skiing at Cochran’s and falling in love with the sport and believing in myself that one day I wanted to win the World Cup.”, said Cochran-Siegle.
“And to be able to then go and trace it back step-by-step, through my experiences at Stowe with Mount Mansfield Winter Academy and the ski club there, and then making my way up to the U.S. Ski Team, going through injury, having to battle back from that and learning about myself, but also the support system that I had, in order to continue working towards my dream.”, adds Cochran-Siegle. “All the teamwork, all the support it, definitely you just feel it when you’re standing there. You’re alone, but you’re not. There’s so many people that are there with you and it’s a special moment to share.”
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