Marilyn Cochran Brown

Cochran Family Photo: Marilyn is fourth from the left
Cochran Family Photo: Marilyn is fourth from the left

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Sports

Notable Facts

Professional skier on the United States Ski Team from 1965-1974 and the 1972 United States Olympic Ski Team. First American woman to win both the World Cup Giant Slalom title (1969) and to medal in the combined at the World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy (1970).

Personal Information

Date of Birth

02/07/1950

Primary Residence

Richmond

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Marilyn Cochran Brown is the eldest of three sisters who were spectacular alpine skiers in the 1960's and 1970's. She was on the U.S. Ski Team from 1967-1974, the International Ski Federation Team from 1970-1974, and the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. She was the US Giant Slalom Champion in 1986 and 1974, World Cup Grand Slalom Champion in 1969, the International Ski Federation World Champion Combined Bronze Medalist in 1970, the French National Champion in 1971 (the first year they allowed international entries), and the US Slalom Champion in 1972. As the Combined Bronze Medalist in 1970, she was the first US woman to finish on the podium since the race began in 1954. In 1978 she was inducted into the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1979, and is now a member of the UVM Hall of Fame. She has coached skiing at the University of New Hampshire, the Queechee Ski Club, and Hanover, New Hampshire High School. She currently resides in Norwich, Vermont, with her husband, Chris Brown, with whom she has two sons, Roger and Douglas. Roger won the NCAA Slalom title competing for Dartmouth College in 2003 and was named to the United States Ski Team in 2005. Cochran serves as general manager of the Cochran Ski Area in Richmond, Vermont.

Organizations or Movements

  • United States Ski Team (1967-1974)
  • International Ski Federation Team (1970-1974)
  • United States Olympic Team (1972)
  • US. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Occupations

  • Professional skier
  • Ski coach at the University of New Hampshire, the Queechee Ski Club, and Hanover New Hampshire High School
  • General manager at Cochran's Ski Area

Education

  • University of Vermont (1979)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Those Indomitable Vermont Women

  • Cochran's Ski Area Link

  • Nonprofit Cochran's Ski Area makes skiing and riding affordable for everyone Link

  • Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame Link

  • U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum Link

Additional Images

Marilyn Cochran: 1970 Alpine Skiing World Championships
Marilyn Cochran: 1970 Alpine Skiing World Championships