What we know about Ryan Cochran-Siegle's parents as skier wins silver

Joshua Rogers February 8, 2022
What we know about Ryan Cochran-Siegle's parents as skier wins silver
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US skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle made headlines today as he won an Olympic medal 50 years after his mom did, prompting fans to wonder about the athlete’s parents.

On Tuesday (8 February), Ryan Cochran-Siegle won silver in the men’s Super-G at the Beijing games, five decades after his mother, Barbara Cochran, won her own Olympic medal.

As he continues his family legacy, fans are curious to know more about Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s parents and family life. Let’s take a look…

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Everything we know about Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s parents

Ryan Cochran-Siegle is the son of Barbara Cochran and Drew Siegle. Cochran and Siegle divorced in 1993 when Ryan was 18 months old.

Not much is known of Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s father but many winter sports fans will be familiar with his mother, who is also an Olympic skier.

While his father keeps away from the spotlight, Ryan has featured his mother on his Instagram feed:

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Cochran-Siegle follows in mom’s footsteps with olympic win

Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s mother, Barbara Cochran, won gold in the slalom at the 1972 Olympic winter games in Sapporo, Japan.

Cochran-Siegle grew up on the slopes with Barbara, who started teaching her son how to ski from the age of two. Despite the skier having an Olympic skier parent, he previously told Ski Racing he felt no pressure to continue the sport but ended up falling in love with it.

The 29-year-old is now a two-time Olympian having made his Olympic debut in 2018. The 2022 Beijing games saw him follow in his mother’s footsteps as he won his first Olympic medal after placing second in the men’s Super-G.

The skier celebrated in a post to his 23,800 followers on Instagram as he joked about how his mother is still head of the table with her gold:

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He comes from generations of skiers

Ryan Cochran-Siegle is one of many skiers in his family, with his aunts Lindy and Marilyn and uncle Bob having also made the USA Olympic ski team.

Several of his cousins have also pursued the sport, including Jimmy, who is a two-time Olympian having competed in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010.

Cochran-Siegle is the sixth member of his family to compete in the Olympic Winter Games.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.