American Alpine Skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle Take First Career World Cup Victory

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Earlier this morning, perhaps before some of us here in the U.S. were even on our feet and looking to start the day, the athletes of the U.S. Alpine Men's Ski Team were out on the Super-G course in Bormio, Italy. While all had a good day to be sure, Ryan Cochran-Siegle might have had the best day out of everyone there. The young Vermonter took his first career World Cup victory.

This victory comes just weeks after Cochran-Siegle made his first podium appearance, having taken a second-place finish in downhill. He referenced the Val Gardena finish when speaking of today's race. He said, "I was at the limit through the middle part of the course and gained a lot of time there, which let me build up a pretty good gap. Having success in Val Gardena let me have trust in myself and my skiing."

For today's win, Cochran-Siegle finished 0.79 seconds ahead of Austrian, Vincent Kreichmayer. Third place for today's Super-G went to Norwegian racer Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, who finished 0.94 of a second off the lead.

To add a bit more sweetness to Ryan Cochran-Siegle's first career victory, this win also makes him the first American male to win a FIS Ski Alpine World Cup Super-G race since racing legend Bode Miller in December of 2006 in Hintersdoter, Austria. When asked about how he felt about that, Cochran-Siegle 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.”

As for the other Americans that took to the field today, 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.

Thumbnail: Team Photo Of Ryan Cochran-Siegle - Credit: U.S. Ski & Snowboard


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