Ryan Cochran-siegle in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on Dec. 19, 2020 in Val Gardena, Italy.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle finished second and two U.S. teammates were among the top six as the men’s alpine world cup season continued with a downhill race Saturday in Val Gardena-Groeden, Italy.
Competing on the picturesque downhill course in the Dolomites, Cochran-Siegle navigated the steep drops and massive jumps to finish in 2:01.67, just .22 of a second behind defending world cup overall champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway. Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, the defending Olympic bronze medalist, was third, followed by American Bryce Bennett in fourth and Jared Goldberg in sixth.
The result marked the best career finish for the 28-year-old Cochran-Siegle, who prior to this weekend had never finished higher than fifth. Goldberg, 29, also enjoyed a career day in northern Italy, while Bennett, 28, tied his career-best finish.
Saturday’s race was the second downhill of the 2020-21 season. Cochran-Siegle also led the U.S. contingent with a 13th-place finish in the opener last weekend in Val d’Isere, France. He now ranks third in the season downhill standings and 12th overall.
A 2018 Olympian, Cochran-Siegle made his world cup debut in 2011 and had five top-10 finishes coming into this weekend but had never finished better than fifth. However, he is coming off his best season yet in 2019-20 and finished eighth in a super-G Friday, also in Val Gardena-Groeden. That marked his career best finish in a world cup super-G.
Fellow Olympians Bennett and Goldberg rank 11th and 17th in the season downhill standings. Travis Ganong, another U.S. Olympian who finished 14th on Saturday, is 19th on the season.
The men’s world cup continues Sunday and Monday with a giant slalom and then slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, followed by another slalom on Tuesday in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. The next speed races are set for Dec. 28-29, when a downhill and then super-G are held in Bormio, Italy.