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Cochran-Siegle Grabs Second-Straight Super-G Title

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 24 2018
Nina O'Brien won the super-G at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, Friday. (Oliver @oliverguyphoto // Oliver Guy Photo)
Nina O'Brien won the super-G at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, Friday. (Oliver @oliverguyphoto // Oliver Guy Photo)

Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.) snagged his second-straight national super-G title Friday at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho. Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.) won her first career super-G title in the women’s race Friday afternoon.

“I was just trying to ski my best, and I think I was able to perform pretty well today,” said Cochran-Siegle, who defended his super-G title he won last year at Sugarloaf, Maine.

Not that he wasn’t brimming with confidence after returning from injury this season and posting numerous top American results at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, including 14th in the super-G. But the 25-year-old Vermonter, who celebrates his 26th birthday March 27, did snag the alpine combined title (super-g/slalom) Wednesday, so he had a pretty good idea how to nail the line running bullet Friday.

“I had a lot of confidence from the other day. But I also knew that guys were going to try and figure out where they were losing time, so I knew I’d still have to bring it,” he said.  “But I was fortunate to win it!”

With two titles in his pocket this week, Cochran-Siegle now turns his attention to Sunday’s giant slalom and a showdown with teammate Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.), a two-time national GS champion (2010, 2011).

“I love Tommy. He is such a great teammate and probably my best friend on the (World Cup) tour, so I hope we both can ski our best,” said Ford. “In training, we’re always kind of dueling back-and-forth, and on this hill too, it will be a really good battle.”

River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.) finished third and was the top junior finisher. O'Brien was also the top junior finisher.

"This was my last super-G of the year so I just wanted to have fun and go for it!" O'Brien said.​

​​​​​​RESULTS
Men’s super-G
Women’s super-G

HOW TO WATCH
Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships

March 24
11:00 a.m. - Women's slalom run 1, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream
12:00 p.m. - women’s slalom, Sun Valley - NBC
12:30 p.m. - Men slalom run 1, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream
2:00 p.m. - Women's slalom run 2, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream
3:30 p.m. - Men slalom run 2, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream

March 25
11:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 1, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream
2:30 p.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 2, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream
12:00 p.m. - women’s slalom, Sun Valley - NBCSN

March 26
11:30 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 1, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream
2:30 p.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 2, Sun Valley – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Live Stream