Barbara A. Cochran
Year Inducted: 1976
Born: January 4, 1951 Claremont, NH
Barbara Cochran was a member of the famous Cochran skiing family that sent four members to the US Ski Team. In 1972 she became an Olympic Champion with her gold medal victory in the slalom event, earning the right to carry the American flag in the Closing Ceremonies. Her gold medal was the first won by an American skier at the Olympics in twenty years.
Among her many other achievements was a silver medal at the FIS World Championships in 1970 and earning 345 points in World Cup skiing, more than any other American skier at that time. In 1971 she won back to back victories in the slalom and giant slalom at the World Cup races at California's Heavenly Valley. In 1972 she was awarded the Beck International Trophy by the USSA recognizing her as the top American skier in international competition that year. Older sister Marilyn is also an Honored Member of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.