Tommy Ford wins U.S. super G title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2011 1:05 pm

Tommy Ford from Bend, Oregon, captured his second U.S. title in three days and boosted career total to five with a super G victory at the 2011 Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships. Ford closed the 2010 season with U.S. championships in giant slalom, slalom and super combined and has now captured the 2011 crowns for giant slalom and super G. “Another soft day and it was still a turny set which suits me a little more. Running first is a huge advantage so I took advantage of it and skied well and tried to work the skis a little bit into the soft snow and try to have some fun too.”

“In ski racing, you just have to keep the passion alive. That’s what it’s all about and days like this are special.”
NorAm overall champion Tommy Biesemeyer  was second.  “Coming back from an ACL injury last year I was coming into the year nervous because I didn’t know what to expect – I didn’t know if I’d be fast, slow or if I’d be where I left off. Today was the season coming to an end and I really wanted it today. I really wanted to win but second behind Tommy is still pretty good. I’ll take it.”

NorAm super G winner Ryan Cochran-Siegle in soft snow as Winter Park boasted a bluebird day. Cochran-Siegle, who was also the top junior on the day, called the race special as his uncle Bobby Cochran will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame later tonight in a ceremony held in Sun Valley, ID.
“It feels great. I think super G is one of my better events right now and I was just glad that I was able to put it in there.”

“It’s kind of funny how that worked out I guess because he’s [Bobby Cochran] getting inducted today into the Hall of Fame – the other speed Cochran.”
“Nationals are always a fun event because usually we are all together. Two of my cousins are here so we kind of all hang out. I remember being younger we went out to Alaska when Nationals were out there and Jimmy [Cochran] actually won the GS and slalom so I was like ‘oh god, he’s huge.’ It’s cool being in kind of that spot, clearly I’m not there. But I’m close.”
The Putnam U.S. Alpine Championships conclude Sunday with men’s and women’s slalom.


1. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:10.10
2. Tommy Biesemeyer, Keene, NY, 1:10.20
3. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Starksboro, VT, 1:10.52
1. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Starksboro, VT, 1:10.52
2. Brennan Rubie, Salt Lake City, UT, 1:10.55
3. Mark Engel, Truckee, CA, 1:11.95
For complete results:


Men’s and Women’s slalom
9:30 a.m. MT Women’s first run
11:00 a.m. MT Men’s first run
12:30 p.m. MT Women’s second run
2:00 p.m. MT Men’s second run