Barbara Ann Cochran

Cochran Family Photo: Barbara is on the left
Cochran Family Photo: Barbara is on the left

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Education, Sports, Writers

Notable Facts

Won a Gold Medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. Co-author of the book, "Teach Your Child to Ski."

Personal Information

Date of Birth

01/04/1951

Primary Residence

Richmond

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Barbara Cochran was one of three sisters who were spectacular alpine skiers in the 1960's and 1970's. She was on the United States Ski Team from 1968-1974, the International Ski Federation Team from 1970-1974, and the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. She won a Gold Medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. Her gold medal was the first won by an American skier at the Olympics in twenty years. She also won a silver medal in the slalom at the 1970 International Ski Federation World Championships, and was the U.S. National Champion in the Giant Slalom and Slalom. In 1976 she was inducted into the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Vermont, she is now a member of the UVM Hall of Fame. In 1993, she co-authored a book with her sister, Linda, entitled "Teach Your Child to Ski." Her business, Golden Opportunities in Sports, teaches athletes to increase their confidence and skills so that they can succeed. She has two children, Caitlin and Ryan, and lives in Starksboro, Vermont.

Organizations or Movements

  • United States Ski Team (1968-1974)
  • International Ski Federation Team (1970-1974)
  • U.S. Olympic Team (1972)
  • U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Occupations

  • Professional Skier
  • Author
  • Physical education, health and home economics teacher at Mount Abraham High School
  • Ski coach and instructor at Cochran's Ski Area
  • Motivational speaker offering workshops and seminars
  • Golden Opportunities in Sports

Education

  • University of Vermont (1978)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Cochran's Ski Area Link

  • Barbara Ann Cochran: Her Life and Programs Link

  • Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame Link

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

Additional Images

Barbara Cochran- 1970 Alpine Skiing World Championships
Barbara Cochran- 1970 Alpine Skiing World Championships