Ryan Cochran-Siegle celebrates during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on Dec. 19, 2020 in Val Gardena Italy.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle flew down the treacherous Stelvio track in Bormio, Italy, on Tuesday to claim his first world cup victory and the U.S. men’s first world cup super-G win in 14 years.
Starting with the No. 8 bib, the 2018 Olympian crossed the line in 1:29.49, beating second-place Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria by .79 of a second. Norway’s Adrian Smiseth Sejersted was third, .94 behind Cochran-Siegle.
The win marked the first by a U.S. man in a world cup super-G since Bode Miller won on Dec. 20, 2006, in Hinterstoder, Austria. The last time an American man won a super-G in a major race was Feb. 6, 2013, when Ted Ligety finished first at the world championships in Schladming, Austria.
Following Tuesday’s results, Cochran-Siegle ranks sixth in the season super-G standings and seventh overall.
Cochran-Siegle, a native of Starksboro, Vermont, and the son of 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, is on a blazing path as of late.
The 28-year-old recorded his previous best world cup finish earlier this month when he took second in a downhill in Val Gardena-Groeden, Italy. Prior to Tuesday, his best finish in a world cup super-G was eighth, which he did one day before the downhill in Val Gardena-Groeden.
Over the weekend in Bormio, Cochran-Siegle also posted the fastest time in both downhill training runs. He’ll have an opportunity to prove those performances on Wednesday, when the Bormio world cup wraps up with a downhill.
Tuesday’s super-G had been set for Monday but was postponed due to heavy snow.