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Vt. Skier to compete at Olympics 50 years after mom won gold – NBC10 Philadelphia

An alpine ski racer competing at the Winter Olympics for Team USA will do so in a very special anniversary year.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle is the sixth member of the Cochran family to race for the US Alpine Olympic Ski Team. His mother, Barbara Ann, won a gold medal in slalom in the 1972 Winter Olympics, held in Japan.

Barbara Ann Cochran said: “I just think it’s really cool that he’s at the Olympics 50 years after I’ve been at the Olympics.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle grew up on the gentle slopes of the Richmond, Vermont ski area his grandparents founded.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle said in an interview with NECN & NBC10 Boston: “I was told that I was learning since I was 2 years old. “It’s definitely a good environment to grow up in.”

In February, Cochran-Siegle, 29, will compete in the second Winter Olympics in China.

In response to comments from NECN & NBC10 Boston that it would be great to win a gold medal 50 years after his mother did, Cochran-Siegle beamed.

“It’s bound to happen! I’m not making any promises, but I’m definitely working my best to try to accomplish what I can, so we’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

Barbara Ann Cochran said she doesn’t want her son to feel pressured by her success 50 years ago.

“Whether he won a medal or not, that for me is not the most important thing,” said the gold-medal winner born in 1972. “I want him to enjoy that experience. It’s really special that you’re representing the United States at the Olympics.”

The landmark where Ryan Cochran-Siegle and thousands of other Chittenden County children grew up skiing, Cochran’s ski areais a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable access, lessons and race training to children.

“I feel like a racer every day down the mountain,” said Paige Pemberton, a third grader at Richmond Elementary School who is skiing at Cochran’s Friday through physical education during the school day.

Pemberton said she and her family will be keeping a close eye on Ryan Cochran-Siegel and other members of Team America at the Winter Olympics.

“I love the Olympics – you can’t keep me away from it,” the elementary school student said of the broadcasts, adding that she had imagined one day becoming an athlete herself. Olympic skiing. “I dream about it every night. I think it’s going to take a lot of practice and a lot of learning but I’m sure that if I put all my hopes and dreams into it, I’ll make it.”

It’s also a passion for racing, with countless Vermont fans hoping to earn another gold for the Cochran family at the Winter Olympics, exactly half a century after the first.

“I think it’s exciting,” Ryan Cochran-Siegle said of the chance to continue his family’s legacy at the upcoming Winter Olympics.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/beijing-winter-olympics/vt-skier-competing-at-olympics-50-years-after-moms-gold-medal-win/3125104/ Vt. Skier to compete at Olympics 50 years after mom won gold – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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