U.S. Ski Team Athlete Jimmy Cochran Wins Bronze in New Zealand

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 29, 2009 9:24 am

U.S. Ski Team tech skier Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) pushed through violent weather conditions to take the GS bronze medal at the inaugural New Zealand Winter Games at Coronet Peak. Wind and snow forced several weather delays but Cochran remained undeterred.

Cochran is unique on the Team, as he tunes his own skis, which gives him more of a connection with his performance. Most of the athletes have wax techs to care for their equipment.

Fellow U.S. Ski Team athletes Tommy Ford (Bend, OR), Jake Zamansky (Park City, CO) and Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) also finished in the top ten with fourth, sixth and 10th, respectively.

(U.S. Ski Team top-gun Tim Jitloff had returned home early to tend to a minor medical situation.)

Sweden’s Matts Olsson won the event with a time of 1:46.98—just .18 seconds in front of his teammate Hans Olsson (who is incidentally not related.) Cochran was just .03 seconds away from the silver.

The New Zealand Winter Games conclude Sunday with slalom, and Cochran is again set to start for the U.S., along with Teammates Ford, Kasper, (Cochran’s cousin) Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT), Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, NY), National Champion David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Paul McDonald (Bellevue, WA).


photo: USSA