Alpine skiing | Bryce Bennett 10th in Junior Worlds downhill |

Alpine skiing | Bryce Bennett 10th in Junior Worlds downhill

Sun Staff and U.S. Ski Team report

ROCCARASO, Italy and#8212; Ryan Cochran-Siegle earned Team USAand#8217;s first medal at the Alpine Junior World Ski Championships with a downhill gold in Roccaraso, Italy, on Friday, while Squaw Valley skier Bryce Bennett was the second American with a 10th-place finish.

Cochran-Siegle won by .09 seconds over Swiss Ralph Weber, posting a time of 1:11.99 to Weberand#8217;s 1:12.08. Bennett finished in a time of 1:13.40. Scott Snow (1:14.76) was the next American in 30th.

Cochran-Siegleand#8217;s victory adds to his already successful season that includes Audi FIS Alpine World Cup points in a pair of super G races in addition to four NorAm victories to lead the tour standings in both downhill and super G. It also earned him a downhill start at the World Cup Finals on March 14 in Schladming, Austria.

Cochran-Siegle, whose family operates a small ski area outside of Burlington, Vt., is a member of the famous and#8220;Skiing Cochranand#8217;s,and#8221; as his mother Barbara Ann Cochran won Olympic gold in slalom in 1972. His cousin, Jessica Kelley, also took giant slalom silver at the 2002 Junior Worlds behind Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley.

On Saturday, Bennett was the top American in a Junior Worlds super G, placing 22nd.