Christin Cooper

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Christin Cooper
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Super G,
Giant Slalom, Slalom,
Combined
Born (1959-10-08) October 8, 1959 (age 54)
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
World Cup debut January 19, 1977 (age 17)
Retired March 1984 (age 24)
Olympics
Teams 2 - (1980, 1984)
Medals 1 (0 - gold)
World Championships
Teams 3 - (1978, 1980, 1982)
Medals 3 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 8 - (1977-1984)
Wins 5 - (1 GS, 2 SL, 2 K)
Podiums 26 - (1 SG, 10 GS, 9 SL, 6 K)
Overall titles 0 - (3rd in 1982)
Discipline titles 0 - (2nd GS '84, SL '81)

Christin Elizabeth Cooper (born October 10, 1959) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist from the United States.

Early years[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California,[1] she was raised in Ketchum, Idaho, and learned to ski and race at neighboring Sun Valley. Cooper's stepfather was William C. "Bill" Janss (1918–96), owner of the Sun Valley Resort until 1977.

After her father William died of cancer in Los Angeles, her mother Glenn moved the family of five children to Ketchum in the late 1960s. At the request of longtime friends Bill and Anne Janss, owners of Sun Valley, Mrs. Cooper founded the arts center for the resort in 1969. Anne Janss died in an avalanche accident near the resort in early 1973;[2] later that year Glenn Cooper and Bill Janss were married, with a combined family of eight children.[3]

Racing career[edit]

As a member of the U.S. Ski Team, Cooper raced on the World Cup circuit from 1977-84. Starting the 1977 season on the "C" team, she made her World Cup debut at age 17 on January 19 and finished 14th in a slalom at Schruns, Austria;[4] a week later she had a tenth place finish in the slalom at Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Best in the technical events, she raced in all five disciplines, with World Cup podiums in four. She broke her ankle during training in August, prior to the 1978 season.[5] She competed in the slalom at the 1978 World Championships in Garmisch, West Germany,[6] but did not finish.

Cooper's best season in international competition was in 1982, when she won three medals (two silvers and a bronze) at the World Championships at Haus im Ennstal, Austria. She also had three World Cup victories and placed third in the 1982 World Cup overall standings. The previous year, 1981, she finished fourth in the women's overall and second in slalom.

A downhill training crash in late January at Les Diablerets in Switzerland sidelined her for the remainder of the 1983 season. It resulted in a compression fracture in her left tibia just below the knee and required a bone graft from her hip.[7] Cooper returned to form the following season with five early podiums before the 1984 Winter Olympics, and then won the silver medal in the Olympic giant slalom, 0.40 seconds behind teammate Debbie Armstrong at Jahorina. Soon after, a run at her hometown resort of Sun Valley was named in her honor: the run "Silver Fox" on Seattle Ridge was renamed "Christin's Silver." Nearby on Seattle Ridge is "Gretchen's Gold," a run named after Gretchen Fraser, a gold medalist in the slalom at the 1948 Winter Olympics and a mentor to Cooper.

Cooper retired from international competition following the 1984 season, in which she was the runner-up in the season's giant slalom standings. She completed her racing career at age 24 with five World Cup victories, 26 podiums, and 65 top tens.[8]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1977 17 35 18 25 not
run
1978 18 18 7 20
1979 19 21 16 42
1980 20 18 21 11
1981 21 4 2 7 42 11
1982 22 3 3 5 21 9
1983 23 12 16 12 not
awarded
5
1984 24 6 9 2 29 6

Race podiums[edit]

  • 5 victories - (1 GS, 2 SL, 2 K)
  • 26 podiums - (1 SG, 10 GS, 9 SL, 6 K)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
1981 21 Jan 1981 Switzerland Crans-Montana, Switzerland Slalom 2nd
Combined 3rd
31 Jan 1981 Switzerland Les Diablerets, Switzerland Slalom 2nd
03 Feb 1981 West Germany Zwiesel, West Germany Slalom 3rd
08 Feb 1981 Combined 3rd
13 Mar 1981 Japan Furano, Japan Giant Slalom 3rd
15 Mar 1981 Slalom 2nd
25 Mar 1981 Switzerland Wangs-Pizol, Switzerland Giant Slalom 2nd
1982 21 Dec 1981 France Saint-Gervais, France Combined 1st
23 Jan 1982 Germany Berchtesgaden, West Germany Slalom 1st
Austria 1982 World Championships
9 Feb 1982 Germany Oberstaufen, West Germany Giant Slalom 2nd
21 Mar 1982 France Alpe d'Huez, France Giant Slalom 3rd
25 Mar 1982 Italy San Sicario, Italy Giant Slalom 3rd
27 Mar 1982 France Montgenèvre, France Slalom 1st
1983 17 Dec 1982 Italy Piancavallo, Italy Slalom 3rd
Combined 1st
23 Jan 1983 France Saint-Gervais, France Combined 2nd
1984 14 Dec 1983 Italy Sestriere, Italy Combined 3rd
22 Dec 1983 Austria Haus im Ennstal, Austria Giant Slalom 3rd
15 Jan 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Maribor, Yugoslavia Slalom 3rd
23 Jan 1984 Italy Limone Piemonte, Italy Slalom 3rd
29 Jan 1984 France Saint-Gervais, France Giant Slalom 2nd
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1984 Winter Olympics
04 Mar 1984 Canada Mt. Ste. Anne, QC, Canada Super G 3rd
07 Mar 1984 United States Lake Placid, NY, USA Giant Slalom 1st
11 Mar 1984 United States Waterville Valley, NH, USA Giant Slalom 3rd
17 Mar 1984 Czechoslovakia Jasná, Czechoslovakia Giant Slalom 3rd

Post-racing[edit]

Cooper has worked as a television broadcaster for CBS and NBC, covering alpine ski racing, including the 2010 Vancouver games. She teamed with Tim Ryan, a fellow Ketchum resident, during the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics. Christin and her husband, former U.S. Ski Team member Mark Taché (of Aspen, CO),[9] are co-founders of Montana Ale Works, a public house and restaurant in Bozeman, Montana.[10]

On February 16, 2014, while covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi as a reporter on alpine skiing for NBC, Cooper was widely criticized for her interview with Bode Miller after his bronze medal win in the men's super G event. During the post-event interview, as Miller became increasingly emotional, Cooper repeatedly questioned him about his late brother Chelone, who had passed away the previous April at the age of 29, until Miller broke down in tears and was unable to continue the interview. For her pressing of the issue, Cooper was accused of badgering Miller.[11][12] Later that evening, Miller tweeted his fans should "be gentle" with Cooper, as it was "not at all her fault," and "she asked the questions every interviewer would have." The following morning on The Today Show, Miller reiterated his support for Cooper, saying, "I have known Christin a long time, and she's a sweetheart of a person. I know she didn't mean to push. I don't think she really anticipated what my reaction was going to be, and I think by the time she realized it, it was too late. I don't blame her at all."[13]

Video[edit]

  • You Tube.com - 1984 Winter Olympics - Women's Giant Slalom - 1st run - ABC Sports

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ski Channel - top 50 Olympians - accessed 2010-12-27
  2. ^ "Slide kills skier soon after avalanche check". Modesto Bee. Associated Press. January 23, 1973. p. B-11. 
  3. ^ "Idaho's First Lady of Culture". Sun Valley Guide. Winter 2006. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lise-Marie wins slalom". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. January 20, 1977. p. 39. 
  5. ^ "Cooper has surgery set". (Spartanburg, SC) Herald. Associated Press. August 11, 1977. p. C-4. 
  6. ^ "Idaho, Washington skiers on team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 27, 1978. p. 4B. 
  7. ^ "Cooper's crash rated as one of the best". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. February 23, 1983. p. 4C. 
  8. ^ Ski-db.com - results - Christin Cooper - accessed 2010-03-05
  9. ^ Ski-db.com - Mark Tache - accessed 2010-03-05
  10. ^ Montana Ale Works.com - about us - accessed 2011-01-09
  11. ^ Dyce, Mike (17 February 2014). "NBC reporter badgers Bode Miller about dead brother till he cries". Fansided. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Sandomir, Richard (17 February 2014). "NBC Pushes Too Far in Bringing Bode Miller to Tears". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Stump, Scott (17 February 2014). "Bode Miller on NBC reporter: 'I don't blame her at all' for emotional interview". The Today Show. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

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