Richmond, VT — Today, the Cochran sisters of Richmond, members of Vermont’s “Skiing Cochrans” – Marilyn Cochran, Barbara Ann Cochran and Lindy (Cochran) Kelley – endorsed Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray in her bid for Congress.
All members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, the Cochran sisters excelled in national, World Championship, and Olympic competitions. Barbara Ann won a gold medal in slalom at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan; Marilyn won the 1968-69 giant slalom World Cup title; Lindy was the top American finisher in the slalom and giant slalom in the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
Often referred to as the first family of American skiing, the Cochran sisters – together with their parents, brother Bob Cochran, and children – have represented Vermont and the nation in international competition while continuing to operate Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond. The Ski Area has served as the training ground for generations of successful Cochran family skiers, including Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Barbara Ann’s son) who won a silver medal in Super-G at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
“We know what it’s like to train hard, put in the hours, dream big and succeed. We also know the importance of building community and breaking down barriers. Public service, like ski racing, requires clarity of purpose, determination, sacrifice and showing up every day. As a former ski racer herself and a lifelong Vermonter, we know Molly has what it takes to be Vermont’s first Congresswoman! We’re all in for Molly Gray.”
“Growing up as a competitive skier – albeit a cross country racer – in Vermont, the Cochran sisters were huge role models,” Gray said. “They remain an example of how Vermont grit, persistence, and resilience can take you anywhere. Having the support of these barrier-breaking Vermont women means the world to me. Moreover, Cochran’s Ski Area remains one of the most accessible and affordable places for families and young people of all backgrounds to learn to ski. Their commitment to the community is unparalleled.”
Lt. Governor Molly Gray competed as a Division I cross country skier at the University of Vermont, where she served as a Captain of the UVM Ski Team.