Ski Writers Honor Cochran-Siegle, Shiffrin With Metivier Award
Alpine ski racers Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Mikaela Shiffrin received the Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award from the Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) for the second consecutive year.
The ESWA Golden Ski Award dates to 1969, the year after the modern World Cup circuit began. It is the nation’s oldest alpine award. The award is named for the late Don Metivier who, for many years, was editor of Ski Racing International and a highly respected international snow sports journalist.
Cochran-Siegle from Starksboro, Vt., 20, is the latest member of the famous “Skiing Cochrans” to break into the elite alpine skiing world. He is the son of Olympic Gold Medalist Barbara Ann Cochran. Cochran-Siegle scored Word Cup points in the Beaver Creek, Colo., super G and won gold medals in the downhill and combined at the Junior World Championships in Roccaraso, Italy. This is Cochran-Siegle’s third straight Golden Ski Award.
“After Beaver Creek, I knew I was skiing well and just kept it going. I definitely had some bad days in there, but you learn from your mistakes. The medals from Junior Worlds gave me a ton of energy, but I also free ski a lot and I think it's important to always be out there doing what you love,” he said.
“It also helps to have a great team behind you. My coaches, Brad Saxe and Pete Korfiatis, have been great and definitely helped me get to this point.” He is a member of the Cochrans/Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club and, of course, learned to ski as a toddler at the Cochrans Ski Area in Richmond.
Shiffrin, 16, from Vail, Colo., is a student at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy. She earned an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom podium this winter, finishing third in Lienz, Austria. She successfully defended her U.S. slalom title at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park, Colo. Her father raced for Dartmouth, her mother is a Masters Racer, and her brother is trying to make the U.S. men’s development team. This is Shiffrin’s second straight Golden Ski Award.
“This season has been a whirlwind of experiences, it was all ends of the spectrum. I had a lot of amazing results and I'm really happy to get those in there because it made this season - as my rookie season - worth all the hard work.
“All I can say to young athletes who are aspiring to accomplish great things is you just have to give it everything you have. It's worth it. It's worth every bit of the hard work that you put in.”
Ski writer James Gregory, who chaired ESWA’s Golden Ski Committee, said the organization “is proud to honor the two athletes and look forward to watching them set the bar even higher as they pursue their careers on the slopes.”
What It Means: Great racers seem to bubble up from New England one way or another. The Cochran legacy is unmatched in the world. Shiffrin’s break onto the podium was more than eye-opening. Those of us who knew Don Metivier as a friend and colleague are quite certain he would be more than pleased with this year’s selections.
Photo: Ryan Cochran-Siegle (left), Mikaela Shiffrin (right). (usskiteam.com)