Ryan Cochran-Siegle secured victory in the men’s combined to close the 2012 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships. The 19-year-old Vermonter, who won the downhill to open the week, finished 28th in giant slalom and 10th in slalom Friday to secure the title with the most points across the three disciplines. His mother, 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, was on hand to cheer her son to double gold.
“I wanted to podium, that was the goal. I wish I’d have at least finished the super G, but I can’t complain that much. It was an awesome event”, said Cochran-Siegle.
Peter Korfiatis, Europa Cup Head Coach added, “Collectively, this is probably the best day we’ve had. Ryan had an awesome championships and a few of the other guys had some good races. We’re happy with their performances.”
Robert Cone came in 6th, Bryce Bennett took 16th and Tanner Farrow finished in 29th.
The downhill gold earns Cochran-Siegle a downhill start at the World Cup Finals, but he is opting to seek a NorAm overall title instead. When he returns to the NorAm tour he will lead the downhill and super G standings and is second in the overall. NorAm champions receive a World Cup starting position for the upcoming season.
“My plan is head home to Stowe [Vermont] to try for the NorAm overall title. It would have been cool to race at World Cup Finals, but the NorAm overall gives you a start in every World Cup discipline next season. That’s my new goal”, said Cochran-Siegle.
There had been a women’s downhill competition set for Friday but was completely canceled after two days of fog delays.