Ryan Cochran-Siegle Golden at Bormio Super-G
On Tuesday in Bormio, Italy, Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle ended a 14-year drought to become the first American male to win a FIS Ski Alpine World Cup super-G since Bode Miller in Dec. 2006.
It’s been a steady build towards the top for Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the son of 1972 Olympic slalom champion Barbara Ann Cochran. He injured his left knee in a crash on the third gate of the downhill portion of the alpine combined at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria. At that same World Champs, teammate and two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety won the super-G. With multiple surgeries and thousands of hours spent in the gym, Ryan is one of the most intensely focused and coachable athletes on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team. In 2012, he won double gold at the World Junior Championships in Italy.
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.”
Ryan was quick to give credit to the U.S. Ski Team, the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, Colo., and his serviceman and teammates for their support. “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.”
When asked about what it's like to be the first American male to win a World Cup super-G since Bode in 2006, Ryan said, “It’s a tricky event, there’s just so many things that have to fall into place for race day in order to make it happen, but it’s pretty spectacular.” The interviewer then mentioned that Ryan now has matched his mother, and he replied, "I think she had four World Cup wins...and a bunch of other medals, but yeah—it's pretty spectacular."
Travis Ganong grabbed another top-15 result in super-G, while Bryce Bennett, Jared Goldberg, and Erik Arvidsson also started for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team in Tuesday’s super-G, and ended up 37th, 41st, and 45th, respectively. 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.
Up next is downhill on Wednesday. Ryan, Travis, Bryce, Jared, and Sam Morse will all start for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team with Ryan and Jared putting in some strong results in the downhill training runs. Both races will be streamed live on Peacock.
HOW TO WATCH
Dec. 28, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021
All Times EST
Tuesday, Dec. 29
9:15 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Semmering, AUT, Streaming Peacock
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Semmering, AUT, Streaming Peacock
Sunday, Jan. 3
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Zagreb, CRO, Streaming Peacock
9:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Zagreb, CRO, Broadcast Olympic Channel
9:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Zagreb, CRO, Streaming Peacock
3:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom - Same-Day Broadcast, Zagreb, CRO, Broadcast NBC
4:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - Replay From Bormio, Italy, Bormio, ITA, Broadcast NBC
6:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom - Same-Day Broadcast, Zagreb, CRO, Broadcast NBCSN
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