American Ryan Cochran-Siegle continued his surprise march through the speed events this season in the Audi FIS World Cup securing his first career victory with an amazing run in today’s Bormio super-G.
The victory comes on the heels of Cochran-Siegle’s first career podium which he earned just before the Christmas break in Val Gardena, taking second in the downhill.
Today’s victory came with an impressive 0.79 advantage over Austrian Vincent Kreichmayer. Cochran-Siegle attacked the middle portion of the course, allowing him to glide to the victory. Third place went to Norwegian Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, who is also having a banner season, earning his first two career podiums less than a month apart. His first career podium, second place, came in the Val d’Isere super-G.
"I was a 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," said Cochran Siegle. "Having success in Val Gardena let me have turst in myself and my skiing."
The victory marked the last super-G victory for an American since Bode Miller in Hintersdoter in 2006.
Knocked out of podium range were two of the super-G dominators so far this season, with Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) and Mauro Caviezel (SUI), who had to settle for fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The post-Christmas races in Bormio have been a rollercoaster ride for the men, who have battled tough weather conditions and multiple programme changes. But today, thanks to 24-7 work by the organizers the course was in good shape for a competitive race.
Still to come tomorrow is the downhill, which was switched with the super-G and ultimately postposed a further day after poor weather cancelled yesterday’s programme.