Linda Cochran Kelley

Cochran Family Photo: Linda is second from the left
Cochran Family Photo: Linda is second from the left

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Sports, Writers

Notable Facts

Member of the United States Ski Team from 1970-1978, and was on the United States Olympic Team in 1976. Co-author of the book, "Teach Your Child to Ski".

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Primary Residence




Historical Significance

Linda Cochran Kelley, nicknamed Lindy, was the youngest of three sisters who were spectacular alpine skiers in the 1960's and 1970's. She was on the U.S. Ski Team from 1970-1978, the U.S. International Ski Federation World Championship Team in 1974, and the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team. She was the U.S. National Champion in the Slalom in 1973 and the National Champion in the Giant Slalom in 1976. A 1982 graduate of the University of Vermont, Cochran was named an All-American Skier by the American Intercollegiate Athletic Association for Women while she was a student there. She also won the Broderick Award for outstanding achievement in women's intercollegiate athletics. Since then, she has been inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame. She developed the Ski Tots Program and coaches skiing at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond, Vermont.

In 1993, she co-wrote a book titled, "Teach Your Child to Ski" with her sister Barbara. She currently lives with her husband, Steve Kelley, and their three children, Jessica, Tim and Robbie, in Starksboro, Vermont. Jessica and Robbie are both members of the United States Ski Team.

Organizations or Movements

  • United States Ski Team (1970-1978)
  • United States International Ski Federation (FIS) World Championship Team (1974)
  • United States Olympic Team (1976)


  • Professional Skier
  • Author
  • Developed the Ski Tots Program
  • Ski Instructor


  • University of Vermont (1982)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Those Indomitable Vermont Women

  • Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame Link

  • Cochran's Ski Area Link