Cochran-Siegle Leads Americans in Lake Louise Downhill
After the disappointment of Friday's downhill cancelation in Lake Louise, the downhillers got a second chance to kick out of the start gate for the first time in Saturday's downhill on Nov. 27.
In his first race back from injury, Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the charge for the American men, grabbing his first top-10 finish of the season in tenth.
Cochran-Siegle, who underwent neck surgery after a hard crash on the Hannenkahm in Kitzbuehel, Austria early on 2021, skied a smooth top half of the course, coming into the notorious C-Turn carrying plenty of speed. Unfortunately, Cochran-Siegle felt he lost a little bit of intensity on the last left-footed turn before the flatter section of course, where he scrubbed just a tad more around Claire's Corner, taking him out of contention for a higher spot in the ranks. Either way, coming off of a serious downhill injury, Cochran-Siegle was satisfied with how he handled the course.
"I'm looking to the positives and addressing what the difference was between my 10th place, which I'm pleased with, and where I was at earlier in the week," reported Cochran-Siegle after the race. "I definitely could have fought for a much better position. But it's a good start, especially in downhill for me. This is my best start to the season in downhill, but we all know we're more capable, not just myself but Bryce, Travis, Steven, all of us... I'll be trying to bring intensity tomorrow and obviously Beaver Creek."
Bryce Bennett and Travis Ganong also snagged top-30 finishes, tying for 25th overall. Steven Nyman and Erik Arvidsson finished 35th, and 37th respectively, followed by Sam Morse in 41st. Jared Goldberg had a short run, skidding out in the top section of the course and losing a ski.
"For myself, it's an okay day, but I think for the U.S., probably a little disappointing," explained Cochran-Siegle. "We don't want to be contending for 10th or 25th or whatever it is. We want to be winning and fighting for those top spots. There's still work to do, and the first race is always a little funky. So we gotta focus on what we can control and what we can bring to the table next time so we're more competitive."
On Sunday, the men's series in Lake Louise will wrap after the first super-G of the season takes place on Sunday, Nov. 28. Next, the men head down south to compete on home soil at Beaver Creek from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5.
HOW TO WATCH
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Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021
9:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - run 1- LIVE Killington, VT, Streaming Peacock
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - LIVE Killington, VT, Broadcast NBC
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - run 2 LIVE Killington, VT Streaming, Peacock
5:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup HomeLight Killington Cup Women's Slalom - Same-day delayed broadcast, Killington, VT, Broadcast NBCSN