Vermont’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle earned his first-ever World Cup victory on Tuesday, winning the super-G in Bormio, Italy. Cochran-Siegle became the first American male to win a World Cup super-G since Bode Miller in 2006. He won the race by nearly eight-tenths of a second, the largest winning margin in a men’s World Cup super-G since 2016.
“I skied well,” Cochran-Siegle told reporters. “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.”
Earlier this month, Cochran-Siegle had finished second in a downhill race in Val Gardena-Groeden, Italy, which had been the best career finish for the 28-year-old native of Starksboro, Vt. He finished in 2:01.67, only .22 of a second behind Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the overall defending World Cup champion from Norway. Previously, Cochran-Siegle had never finished higher than fifth in any World Cup race.
With his second-place finish, Cochran-Siegle, the son of former Olympian Barbara Ann Cochran, became the first American man to grab a podium since 2017, when Travis Ganong won a downhill in Germany. According to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, that was the longest drought in U.S. history.