Cochran’s, Richmond’s small ski resort, gets outsized exposure with a report on HBO on Tuesday night.

The Cochran Ski Area and Vermont’s first ski family are the focus of a Real Sports report with Bryant Gumbel that airs at 10 p.m. ET on March 22.

The article reported by correspondent Andrea Kremer begins by comparing the modest ski resort with just five runs to well-known massive ski resorts that attract skiers from all over the world.

“Cochran’s has something that none of the big boys have, an almost impossible history of producing America’s best skiers,” Kremer says in voiceover. “For the past 20 years, the United States Ski Team has had at least one member on the roster who first learned to ski right here on this little piece of snow.”

Andrea Kremer chats with Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle on the ski hill where his career and his family's racing legacy began at Cochran Ski Area in Richmond.  Kremer was a reporter working on a story about Cochran for the Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel show that aired on HBO on March 22, 2022.

Kremer came to Vermont and met 1972 gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran while she was giving ski lessons to a young child; two-time Olympian Jimmy Cochran as he ran the towline; and the most recent silver medalist from the Beijing Olympics, Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

Cochran-Siegle was the only American to medal in alpine skiing at the last Winter Olympics and did so 50 years after his mother won gold and a year after a heartbreaking injury in the Olympics. he race almost ended his career and his life.

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Barbara Ann and her three siblings, all of whom were competitive skiers, recounted how their father started the slope and what was initially for the family became a popular spot for neighborhood children as well.

A racing legacy quickly grew out of those days enjoying the slopes, and the Cochrans all said the reason they did so well in ski racing was down to something called the “Cochran Way”.

This little nugget, much simpler than we imagine, is revealed in the show.

The show ends with the Cochrans’ commitment to keeping the sport accessible and affordable, where the most expensive lift ticket is just $19. And, you could be learning from an Olympic medalist – quite the deal.

You can watch Cochrans’ full feature on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO Live, or stream it on HBO Max.

Contact reporter April Barton at [email protected] or 802-660-1854. Follow her on Twitter @aprildbarton.


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