|— Alpine skier —|
|Disciplines||Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Combined|
|Club||University of Vermont|
February 5, 1950 |
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|World Cup debut||March 1968 (age 18)|
|Retired||March 1974 (age 24)|
|Teams||1 – (1972)|
|Teams||3 – (1970, 1972, 1974)
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
|Seasons||6 – (1969–74)|
|Wins||3 – (1 GS, 2 SL)|
|Podiums||15 – (9 GS, 6 SL)|
|Overall titles||0 – (8th in 1973)|
|Discipline titles||1 – (GS, 1969)|
The eldest of four siblings of the "Skiing Cochrans" family of Richmond, Vermont, she became the first American to win a discipline championship in the World Cup, triumphing in giant slalom at age 19 in 1969. The next year, she won a bronze medal in the combined at the World Championships.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Cochran and her younger sister Barbara (b.1951) joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1967. She made her World Cup debut at age 18 in March 1968, a month after the Winter Olympics, with a pair of top ten finishes at the season's final stop in Aspen, Colorado. Brother Bob (b. 1951) joined the men's "A team" for the 1970 season and the three siblings competed on the World Cup tour through the 1974 season.
Marilyn was a three-time U.S. national champion during her career. In the 1969 season, she finished runner-up in the final five giant slalom races and won the World Cup season title. Cochran was the only American alpine racer with a World Cup season title until 1980, when Phil Mahre won the combined. She won the bronze medal in the combined at the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy. Sister Barbara was fourth in that competition, but won a silver in the slalom, where Marilyn was sixth.
Cochran won three World Cup races, two in giant slalom and one in slalom, and had 15 podiums and fifty top ten finishes. The first victory came in February 1971 close to home, in Quebec at Mont St. Anne, with sister Barbara as runner-up. She competed in all three events at the Winter Olympics in 1972 in Japan, but with disappointing results: 28th in downhill, 20th in giant slalom, and a fall in the first run of the slalom, the race won by her sister. At the World Championships in 1974 in Switzerland, she finished eighth in giant slalom, and retired from international competition after the season.
After her racing career, Cochran attended the University of Vermont in Burlington in and graduated in 1979. She married Chris Brown, an All-American racer at the university and later a professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Their son Roger Brown, a 2004 graduate of Dartmouth College, was also an All-American. He was the 2002 NCAA slalom champion and competed on the U.S. Ski Team. Younger son Douglas Brown was captain of the ski team at St. Lawrence University, and graduated in 2009.
Cochran was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1978. Sister Barbara (1976) and brother Bob (2010) are also members of the hall. Cochran also joined her siblings Barbara (2013) and Bob (2014) as members of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
World Cup results
Points were only awarded for top ten finishes (see scoring system).
|1969||4 Jan 1969||Oberstaufen, West Germany||Slalom||3rd|
|9 Feb 1969||Vipiteno, Italy||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|17 Feb 1969||Vysoké Tatry, Czechoslovakia||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|1 Mar 1969||Squaw Valley, CA, USA||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|14 Mar 1969||Mont St. Anne, QC, Canada||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|20 Mar 1969||Waterville Valley, NH, USA||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|1970||6 Jan 1970||Grindelwald, Switzerland||Slalom||3rd|
|1971||13 Feb 1971||Mont St. Anne, QC, Canada||Slalom||1st|
|14 Mar 1971||Åre, Sweden||Giant Slalom||2nd|
|1972||3 Jan 1972||Oberstaufen, West Germany||Giant Slalom||3rd|
|3 Mar 1972||Heavenly Valley, CA, USA||Slalom||3rd|
|1973||21 Jan 1973||Les Contamines, France||Slalom||3rd|
|26 Jan 1973||Chamonix, France||Slalom||1st|
|15 Mar 1973||Naeba, Japan||Giant Slalom||1st|
|1974||7 Dec 1973||Val-d'Isère, France||Slalom||3rd|
- "Austrian skier tops U.S. gals". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. March 21, 1969. p. 27.
- "Sports scoreboard: skiing". Eugene Register-Guard. February 15, 1970. p. 4B.
- "Sports whirl". Virgin Islands Daily. Associated Press. February 14, 1970. p. 16.
- "Sisters one-two in world ski cup". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. February 14, 1971. p. 66.
- Marilyn Cochran at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – Marilyn Cochran – World Cup season standings
- Ski-db.com – Marilyn Cochran – results
- Sports Reference.com – Olympic results – Marilyn Cochran
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame – Marilyn Cochran – inducted 1978
- University of Vermont Athletics Hall of Fame – Marilyn Cochran Brown – skiing – inducted 1989
- Vermont Sports Hall of Fame - Marilyn Cochran - skiing - inducted 2014