Gold Medal: A Family Affair

Sep 13, 2013

In 1972. a family from Vermont captured the hearts of America at the Sapporo Olympics. 

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After a medal-less 1968 Olympics for the U.S. Ski Team, the eyes of America were on the Cochran family from Vermont as the 1972 Olympics came to Sapporo, Japan. The team was a family affair: Bobby, Marilyn and Barbara Ann. Heavy snow was falling on the slalom course on the final day of the games as Barbara Ann drew bib No. 1 and battled into the lead after the first run.

Snow was piling up on the second run, but it never phased her. Crossing the finish line and glancing into the stands she saw the Americans burst into cheers and knew she had become an Olympic champion! Her margin of victory was a mere two-hundredths of a second – a record that would stand for 26 years until Picabo Street won the Super G by just a hundredth.

Hall of Famer Barbara Ann Cochran has spent a lifetime teaching others the lessons she learned as an athlete and serving as an ambassador to kids for the sport her family loved. As proud as she was with her gold medal, she was even prouder to be there when son Ryan Cochran-Siegle won double gold at the junior world championships, keeping the Cochran legacy alive.

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