U.S. Ski Team National Ambassadors and Pacesetters
02.03.2021 | Nastar Editor
Meet NASTAR’s rising stars.
NASTAR'S National Pacesetter and zero handicap is another member of the famed 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 skiing fast at every level. 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, including two second place finishes in super-G and giant slalom. The 2019-'20 season solidified his place on the team, notching fifth in the combined at Bormio and sixth in the downhill at Beaver Creek before the season came to a pandemic halt. And this season Cochran-Siegle is off to an absolutely stellar start, nabbing his first World Cup podium with a Super G win at Bormio in December 2020. He’s one to watch.
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, Rob Ross, a former alpine racer, to the lodge. Ross took last season off to rehab a knee injury, but didn't rest on her laurels. Last March, the two-time Olympian published her first book, "Approach," filled with images snapped during her global travels and featuring landscapes of Italy, Switzerland, Chile, New Zealand, and more. 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.