Ryan Cochran-Siegle Takes Home 1st World Cup Win in Bormio
The 14-Year U.S. Drought Is Over!
Ryan Cochran-Siegle must be on cloud nine, as he just scored his career-first World Cup victory today at Bormio FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, ending a 14-year drought for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team.
The last time an American male won a super-G was Ted Ligety at World Champs in Schladming, Austria, but the last time an American male won a FIS Alpine World Cup Tour super-G was Bode Miller at Hinterstoder, Austria on Dec. 20, 2006. Needless to say, it’s been a long time coming and we are super stoked for Ryan and the entire team.
From U.S. Ski & Snowboard:
Ryan’s nearly eight-tenths margin of victory is the largest winning margin in a men’s World Cup super-G since Carlo Janka of Switzerland in the Olympic test event in Korea in 2016. When asked about this margin, Ryan humbly and in his signature understated manner replied, “I skied well. I had a good approach and carried speed in a lot of sections…that middle section, I definitely skied with a good limit and just trusting that, trying to ski it smart. The speed I gained from there, I carried through the finish and had that gap.”
“I’ve always been pretty technically sound, but gliding has always been a weakness of mine,” he reflected. “The past couple of years I’ve been skiing a little more speed with our speed team, both in Copper, and South America, which has progressively gotten me to the point where I can be solid on race day. I have to shout out the team and the serviceman Gregor, and everyone who has helped me get to this point because it is a team effort.”
So far this season, the U.S. Alpine Ski Team has amassed eight podiums for five different athletes, making it the strongest start to the season the Team has had in a long time. Read more at U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
It’s In His Blood
Ryan Cochran-Siegle is son of 1972 Olympic slalom champion Barbara Ann Cochran, who was watching Ryan race to victory in Bormio from her home in Vermont at 5:45am. According to NBC Sports, his mother Barbara screamed and screamed as she watched her son, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, descended to his first win in his 101st World Cup start.