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Another member of the famous Skiing Cochrans, Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother is 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, which also means he's cousins with a handful of other former U.S. Ski Teamers including Jimmy Cochran. But this Junior World Champion didn't make the Team by family attrition; he did it by fast skiing at every level. Good news: his elevator is just getting off the ground floor.

After winning gold in both downhill and combined at the 2012 Jr. Worlds, Cochran-Siegle's stock was rising as fast as he was skiing. The trend rolled right into the 2013 then BAM, he blew his ACL and MCL while racing the downhill portion of the super combined at the World Championships. Back on the horse in 2014, RCS picked up where he left off to win the NorAm overall title, finish second in downhill and third in both super G and giant slalom.

Expect to see the Vermont ripper back on the World Cup full time in 2015 with his eyes set on World Champs redemption–only this time it’s on home snow in Beaver Creek, CO.

The most important lesson that I will take away from skiing is that learning from and appreciating a mistake has more value than achieving unmerited success. There are never worthwhile shortcuts in the game of life. Putting in hard work is necessary to achieve results. I’ve found it impossible to make real strides of progress without struggling at first. It causes me to reflect on what I’m doing wrong and usually gives me an answer of how to change it, whatever it may be.  

With skiing in the family bloodline, it's pretty safe to say Cochran-Siegle got his start at the family ski area in Richmond, VT. But, like any active kid, he was into all sorts of sports including soccer and baseball before he centered on skiing following high school graduation. A solid 2010 season boosted him to the U.S. Development Team and he made good on the experience with a jump to the B Team the following winter.

Cochran-Siegle, his cousins (Jimmy Cochran, Robby Kelley, Tim Kelley, Jessica Kelley and Roger Brown) and other members of the Cochran clan spend a lot of time at the family ski area. But things just got a little sweeter with the grand opening of their sugar shack, where they have begun to make Cochran's Slopeside Syrup. Not only does the syrup business keep him busy when he’s home, it also helps pay the ski racing bills. Order yours at



Teams: 2013
15th, SG, Schladming, AUT, 2013

25th in Wengen super combined, 2013
Back-to-back top 25 finishes in Lake Louise, 2013
Scored SG points in two races during rookie season, 2012

2014 NorAm overall champion
2012 Junior Worlds downhill and combined gold medalist
2012 NorAm downhill and super G champion
2011 NorAm super G champion
2011 bronze medal in super G at U.S. Championships
2011 Ski Racing Magazine Junior of the Year
Three-time winner of the ESWA Golden Ski Award ('10, '11, '12)