Barbara Ann Cochran Alpine, Olympic Gold Medalist

Part of the famous skiing Cochran family, Barbara Ann grew up in Richmond, Vermont, skiing day and night with her three siblings on the rope tow that her father built on the hill behind their house. Dad Mickey coached all four kids—Bobby, Marilyn, Lindy, and Barbara Ann—to the U.S. Ski Team and the Olympics, and Barbara Ann won gold in the Olympic slalom in 1972. The family rope tow is now Cochran’s Ski Area, the first nonprofit ski area in the country, where Barbara Ann teaches tomorrow’s ski stars as they make their first turns—that’s when she’s not practicing her new vocation as a sports psychologist. Among the next generation of skiing Cochrans, six have made the U.S. Ski Team, including Barbara Ann’s son, Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

Gear Inspired by Barbara Ann

Fair Isle Ski Hat
Fair Isle Ski Hat


This hat is based on one Barbara Ann received when she gave a presentation at Colby College. “I love the design on it... I’ve always loved knit hats. Growing up, we didn’t ski with helmets, so hats were what kept us warm.”