Starksboro skier wins in Italy
BORMIO, Italy — Starksboro’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle claimed his first World Cup victory on Tuesday by winning a super-G event on the famous Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy. He prevailed by what is considered a huge margin in ski racing — 0.79 second.
Cochran-Siegle, a 28-year-old graduate of Mount Abraham Union High School and longtime member of the U.S. Ski Team, had been coming on strong this season. He earned his first World Cup podium finish just 10 days prior to Tuesday by taking second in a downhill race at another Italian ski venue, Val Gardena.
His victory this Tuesday marked the first by a U.S. skier in a Super-G race since Bode Miller turned the trick in 2006.
Cochran-Siegle was joined on the podium by second-place finisher Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria and third-place skier Adrian Smiseth Sejersted of Norway, who was 0.94 second behind the winner.
Cochran-Siegle also became the first American winner of a World Cup race on the Stelvio since Miller won a downhill on the same slope 13 years ago to the day.
He is scheduled to compete in the downhill on the same slopes on Wednesday, and according to the Associated Press, this past weekend he posted the fastest times for the event in training runs.
Cochran-Siegle’s mother, Barbara Ann Cochran, won gold in slalom at the 1972 Olympics, and his family operates Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond. Cochran-Siegle skied for the U.S. in the 2018 Olympics, but did not medal.
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