They say the big racers come from the small hills, probably because there’s not enough mountain to go exploring so all you can do is run gates all day every day. It seems to work for the Cochran family who own a tiny ski area not far from Burlington Vermont that has been a factory for world class ski racers for three generations. The latest member of this ski racing dynasty to rise to the top is Ryan Cochran-Siegle, whose mom Barbara Ann Cochran won a gold in the slalom at the 1972 Olympics. Ryan took his place on the top step of the podium at the Junior World Ski Championships by winning the downhill event, and this is what he had to say about his family tradition. I mentioned last week that I was taking a New England road trip, and what a trip it was. 1235 miles in four and a half days.