Year Inducted: 2010
Bobby Cochran is the third member of Vermont's famous Cochran skiing family to be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. All four Cochran children competed on the U.S. Ski Team and were Olympians.
Bobby won respect for his athleticism, his dedication and his achievements at all levels of competition from regional through to the Olympic Games. He excelled in all four of the alpine disciplines and over a four-year period, from 1969 to 1973, won seven national titles. In 1973 he was the first American to win a World Cup GS event and was also the first American to win the combined title at the famous Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Encouraged by his parents, his father would serve as the U.S. Ski Team coach in 1974, while his mother ran the famous Cochran family ski hill in Richmond, Vermont, Bobby showed promise from a very early age. He won the National Junior Championship in 1967, and a year later, at sixteen, was invited to join the U.S. Ski Team, the youngest person on the team at that time. He was a member of the Olympic Team in 1972, finishing 8th in the downhill, a mere second out of first place. In 1971, besides winning three out of five CanAm races he was the winner of the prestigious Roch Cup in the downhill.
1973 was his best year, with his World Cup Giant Slalom win in Heavenly Valley, California, his winning of the NCAA downhill championship, and his success at Kitzbuhel. His finished eighth overall in the World Cup downhill standings, tied with Franz Klammer the 1976 Olympic Champion. He was presented with the Buddy Werner Award in recognition of his sportsmanship and leadership on the team. As a ski team member he finished in the top ten 22 times, achieving four podiums. After leaving the U.S. Ski Team he raced professionally for three years, finishing third overall on the World Professional Tour in 1976. He returned to school to pursue a career in medicine.
Hall of Fame skiers, Steve and Phil Mahre, Cary Adgate and Greg Jones, joined the U.S. Ski Team as he neared the end of his career. They held him in the highest regard looking to him as the man to beat and from whom to take inspiration and advice.