Competitions and Events

Ryan Cochran-Siegle Wins Bormio Super-G

It’s the Vermont skier’s first World Cup win and the U.S. Ski Team's first men’s gold in the event since 2006.

American Ryan Cochran-Siegle finally won his first career gold medal on the FIS World Cup tour on December 29, 2020. The skier from Vermont finished the super-G course 0.79 seconds faster Austrian Vincent Kreichmayr, who placed second. The victory also marks the first time a men’s U.S. Ski Team member has won a super-G race since December 2006, when Bode Miller won in Hintersdoter.

Cochran-Siegle’s run was incredibly smooth and powerful, especially in the middle section of the course where his splits were more than a second faster than Kreichmayr. His final time represented the largest gap between first and second place finishes in a super-G race since 2016. Norway’s Adrian Smiseth Sejersted rounded out the podium in third place. Like Cochran-Siegle, it was also the Norwegian’s second podium in a month.

Watch: Cochran-Siegle’s Winning Super-G Run in Bormio

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“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,” Cochran-Seigle said after the race. “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.”

The win builds off Cochran-Siegle’s first World Cup podium last week in the Val Gardena downhill. It’s also the second win for the men’s U.S. Ski Team in the last 13 months, following Tommy Ford’s GS win in Beaver Creek in 2019.

Ryan Cochrane-Siegle racing Super-G in Bormio, 2020
Ryan Cochran-Siegle on course in Bormio.Photo: Getty Images

“Having success in Val Gardena let me have trust in myself and my skiing,” continued Cochran-Seigle, referencing his first FIS World Cup podium earlier this month.

Fellow American Travis Ganong was the second-fastest U.S. Ski Team member in Bormio, finishing in a tie for 15th with Germany’s Simon Jocher. Ganong was 1.85 seconds behind Cochran-Siegele.

Up next for the men is the Bormio downhill, a course that many of the American men look forward to every year. Cochran-Siegele and teammate Jared Goldberg had very fast training runs before the numerous weather delays that have pushed the race back this week. Learn how to watch the races on the U.S. Ski Team’s website.

Austrians Finish First and Second in Bormio Downhill

The day after the super-G race in Bormio, the men’s Downhill event finally took place on the infamous Stelvio track. The finishing splits were much tighter, as the top 13 finishers, including Ryan Cochran-Siegle, were within one second behind Austrian Matthias Mayer. The second-place finisher, Mayer’s teammate Vincent Kreichmayer, crossed the finish line only 0.04 seconds slower. Switzerland’s Urs Kryenbuehl rounded out the podium in third, only 0.06 seconds slower than Mayer.

Watch: Matthias Mayer’s Gold-Winning Downhill Run in Bormio

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Cochran-Siegle was once again the fastest American of the day, and his wild run included two near-crashes and spectacular recoveries. Despite the wild ride, the Vermont skier finished only 0.30 seconds behind Mayer. But, in a very tight race, it was only good enough for seventh place overall.

American Jared Goldberg also ended the day with World Cup points with a 20th-place finish. Travis Ganong just missed points by tieing for 31st with Austria’s Christian Walder.