"Growing up at Cochran's has been by far the biggest influencing factor to my development as a skier and my character as a human being. I am fortunate to be in a position now to pass those values and experiences on to future generations."
6 Things You Didn't Know About Ryan Cochran-siegle
- 1. Ryan's three notable off-snow accomplishments include: T2 Athlete of the Year Community Service Award recipient, Vermont State High School DII Baseball Champion, and holding above a 3.8 college GPA so far.
- 2. When he's not skiing, Ryan is mountain biking, taking photos, reading a book, FaceTiming his girlfriend, or playing with a dog.
- 3. His favorite career memory so far was coming down into the lead in the 2018 Olympic GS and ending up finishing in 11th place, a career-best result at the time.
- 4. He's a BIG Boston sports fan (Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics, in that order), his vices are fantasy football and ice cream, and his favorite authors include Edward Abbey, David Foster Wallace, and Isaac Asimov.
- 5. Ryan was recently added to the Board of Directors at Cochran's Ski Area, which is where he grew up skiing. Cochran's is the first non-profit ski area in the country whose mission is “to provide area youth and families with affordable skiing and snowboarding, lessons and race training, in the Cochran tradition.”
- 6. His career ambition is to graduate from college with a B.S. in some form of engineering and to have a fulfilling and enjoyable career that contributes positive value to his community and the world, while also giving him the opportunity and freedom to support and sustain a family of his own.
More on Ryan
Another member of the famous Skiing Cochrans, Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother is 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, which also means he's cousins with a handful of other former U.S. Ski Teamers like Jimmy Cochran, Tim Kelley, Robby Kelley and Jess Kelley. But this Junior World Champion didn't make the Team by family attrition; he did it by fast skiing at every level.
After winning gold in both downhill and combined at the 2012 Jr. Worlds, Cochran-Siegle's stock was rising as fast as he was skiing. The trend rolled right into the 2013 then BAM, he blew his ACL and MCL while racing the downhill portion of the super combined at the World Championships. Back on the horse in 2014, RCS picked up where he left off to win the NorAm overall title, finish second in downhill and third in both super G and giant slalom. Cochran-Siegle elected to take the 2015 season off to focus on rehabbing a Lateral Meniscus and Osteochondral allograft transplant, but worked hard in a return-to-snow program with teammates Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY), Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) and Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA) under coach Bernd Brunner to come back in the 2016 season.
In 2016, Cochran-Siegle made his World Cup giant slalom debut and four races later, scored his first giant slalom points with a 30th place at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. To finish the season, Cochran-Siegle grabbed three top five finishes at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Sun Valley, ID with a fourth place in the alpine combined and two second place finishes in super G and giant slalom. Big things to come from this guy in the coming years!
With skiing in the family bloodline, it's pretty safe to say Cochran-Siegle got his start at the family ski area in Richmond, VT. But, like any active kid, he was into all sorts of sports including soccer and baseball before he centered on skiing following high school graduation. His mom taught him how to ski at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond, VT around the age of 2, and he hasn't looked back since. A solid 2010 season boosted him to the U.S. Development Team and he made good on the experience with a jump to the B Team the following winter.
OFF THE SNOW
Cochran-Siegle, his cousins (Jimmy Cochran, Robby Kelley, Tim Kelley, Jessica Kelley and Roger Brown) and other members of the Cochran clan spend a lot of time at the family ski area. But things just got a little sweeter with the grand opening of their sugar shack, where they have begun to make Cochran's Slopeside Syrup. Not only does the syrup business keep him busy when he’s home, it also helps pay the ski racing bills. Ryan refers to himself as a "professional maple syrup chugger", but he only endorses 100% pure Organic Vermont Slopeside Syrup. Order yours at www.slopesidesyrup.com.
During the summer months, he lives with cousin Jess Kelley and her husband Adam Cole, and focuses a lot of his time on conditioning for the race season and enjoys playing basketball and mountain biking. What's more, Cochran-Siegle is also whip-smart, and currently participating in the 3-2 Engineering program at Westminster College, where he's working on completing a dual degree in Physics and Mechanical Engineering.