Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle wins silver in Men’s Super-G – NBC Chicago
Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle won the silver medal in the men’s super-G on Tuesday, bringing USA’s medal tally to 4.
Her medal comes 50 years after her mother, Barbara Ann, won gold in the slalom at the 1972 Sapporo Games.
Cochran-Siegle nearly won the United States’ first gold medal, but fell 0.04 seconds short of Austria’s Matthias Mayer’s time of 1:19.94.
Cochran-Siegle’s explosive performance saw him beat other favorite skiers, including Norway’s Aleksandr Kilde, who placed third.
“Today I was trying to bring a bit more intensity, really charge up and take the opportunity.”
For Cochran-Siegle, just being at the Beijing Games is a feat after suffering a horrific accident on the dreaded Streif course in Kitzbühel, Austria a year ago. A fracture to the seventh cervical vertebra in his spine prevented him from returning to skiing until May and not returning to full training until August.
“365 days ago I was rolling out of bed after neck surgery. It’s special. As an athlete you’re always charging, always trying to improve. Sometimes you can use that as fuel. It’s just never giving up.”
“I totally believed in him. I knew he could. It’s just that you never know on any given day whether it’s going to happen or not. I’m so proud. I knew he could. I didn’t know if it would happen, but I knew he could,” his mother said.