Pacesetters at National Championships
03.07.2017 | Bill Madsen
NASTAR'S National Pacesetter and zero handicap is another member of the famous Skiing Cochrans. Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother is 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, which also means he's cousins with a handful of other former U.S. Ski Teamers including Jimmy Cochran. But this Junior World Champion didn't make the Team by family attrition; he did it by fast skiing at every level. Good news: his elevator is just getting off the ground floor. In 2016, Cochran-Siegle made his World Cup giant slalom debut and four races later, scored his first giant slalom points with a 30th place at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. To finish the season, Cochran-Siegle grabbed three top five finishes at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Sun Valley, ID with a fourth place in the alpine combined and two second place finishes in super G and giant slalom. Big things to come from this guy in the coming years!
A talented artist as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is one of the most dynamic athletes on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar, vocals and as a visual artist. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ross cut her teeth at a small local hill but headed to the Canadian Rockies on weekends, where she raced her Dad (a former alpine racer) to the lodge. A creative to the core who is a seasoned vet when it comes to creating both visual beauties in the classroom and beauty in the form of arcs on the snow, the only question now is just how much more beauty Ross can create as she finds her consistent home back on the podium.
Olympian Tommy Ford is one of the fastest movers in ski racing. The U.S. Ski Team took notice after he locked four gold medals at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships. Ford went on to score World Cup points in his rookie season and then grab a spot on the 2010 Olympic team for giant slalom. In 2018, he kicked it off with a bang, landing his best-ever World Cup top 10 and it was onward and upward from there. This year he has put together a string of impressive World Cup GS results which has him ranked eighth in the World.
As a Lake Tahoe native, Marco learned to ski on some of the most legendary terrain in the world. With 16 years on the U.S. Ski Team under his belt, Marco has competed in five World Championships and is a four-time Olympian. This year, Marco traveled with NASTAR to various Pacesetting Trials and Regional Championships across the nation.
A four-time Olympian, AJ Kitt has become a living legend at NASTAR Nationals as well as the NASTAR Pacesetting Trials. After 11 years on the U.S. Ski Team’s World Cup circuit, he traveled as a National Pacesetter for over 15 years. His consistent skiing style has earned him a reputation as a power skier. AJ is a great ambassador for the NASTAR program and he is always happy to share his knowledge of the sport with recreational racers.
A Minnesota native, Claire Brown grew up racing under the lights at Buck Hill before joining the University of Denver Pioneers eventually going on to take home 24 career FIS wins. At the University of Denver, she earned NCAA All-American honors and helped her team win two National Championships. After graduating with a degree in finance and marketing, she relocated to Park City and now enters her seventh season as Publisher at Ski Racing Media.
Bill Hudson was raised in Squaw Valley, California. An eight-year U.S. Ski Team racer and 1988 Olympic Team member, skiing is in his blood, as his mother (Sally) was also an Olympian (Oslo, 1952). Hudson graduated from North Tahoe High School and attended Dartmouth College. He qualified for the U.S. Ski Team his freshman year and ultimately graduated from the University of Utah. Bill is a Real Estate agent in Truckee-North Tahoe. He lives in Squaw Valley with his wife Kathrin and children Sophia, Bodie, and McCoy.
Tamara Mckinney won four World Cup season titles, most notably the 1983 overall, the only American woman to hold that title for a quarter century, until Lindsey Vonn in 2008. McKinney's other three season titles were in giant slalom (1981, 1983) and slalom (1984). She was a world champion in the combined event in 1989, her final year of competition. Her half-brother Steve McKinney was a record holding speed skier. If you are interested in Squaw Valley real-estate she has the answers. Visit her at Tamara McKinney Luxury Group.
Nate Holland is a four-time Snowboard Cross Olympian and seven-time Winter X Games gold medalist. He broke records when he won five gold medals back to back at the X Games, earning him big-time bragging rights with the record for most medals won in a row in a Border Cross race. Recently returning home to Truckee, Calif. from PyeongChang after the Olympics, Nate adds to the long list of legends who get to call Tahoe home.