Cochran-Siegle Fourth in Bormio Super-G
Cochran-Siegle grabbed a season-best fourth place in the first of two FIS Ski World Cup super-G races in Bormio, Italy to lead two Americans into the top 20.
Cochran-Siegle, who snagged his career-first win last season at the super-G in Bormio, had the podium in his sights today, as he held the position until Austria’s Raphael Haaser came down to steal the podium spot and bump Cochran-Siegle to fourth place. Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde handily won with a margin of .72 seconds over Haaser in second place, with Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr rounding out the podium in third, .85 off the pace.
Cochran-Siegle missed the podium by five one-hundredths of a second, but this was a huge leap forward for him. In flat light, with relatively warm conditions, Cochran-Siegle showed that he’s back on track as the White Circus heads into the classics on the calendar and with the Olympics on the horizon. It was a good step forward after his top-20 in the downhill on the Stelvio on Tuesday.
“I think, just, it’s good to be a goldfish and forget the past and really just focus on what’s before you,” Cochran-Siegle reflected. “So today I was just trying to reassess, go about a good warm-up and get a good feeling prior to the race and trust my inspection and my ability. I know I’ve done well here on this hill, so I know how to ski it well, you just have to go out and execute.”
Cochran-Siegle spent the evening before the race watching video and contemplating his set-up with his coaches aiming to create a set-up for super-G that allowed more freedom under the foot, where he could be more playful and ski more free. It seems Cochran-Siegle and his coaches/serviceman were spot on, because he skied a lot more free in the first of two super-G races.
“I definitely felt better today,” he added. “I was allowing myself to, kind of, go with the hill more, less holding on. I think, too, with my skiing you can see I had a good amount of risk and was pushing. So I think for tomorrow, just try to keep that same mentality and just ski the way I can ski and not think too much beyond that.”
Cochran-Siegle will undoubtedly watch video tonight as he preps for Thursday’s super-G. He gave up a little time on the San Pietro jump, but rest assured, his skiing is looking very similar to the Cochran-Siegle who won the super-G last year and was the fastest in the world prior to fracturing his neck in the downhill at the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria. With a little more confidence to trim the line, Cochran-Siegle will be back on the podium.
Travis Ganong also finished in the points, grabbing a solid 18th place. Other American starters included Steven Nyman, who landed in 37th, Jared Goldberg 40th, Erik Arvidsson 43rd, and Bryce Bennett 46th.
Up next will be the second of two super-G races on Thursday—a replacement from the canceled Lake Louise super-G and the final race in the Bormio, Italy series.