Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Mikaela Shiffrin have won the Golden Ski Award for the second straight season (Pentaphoto/Marco Trovati - USSA/Tom Kelly)
FRANCONIA, NH (April 23) - The Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) has awarded Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO; Burke Mountain Academy) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT; Cochran's/Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club) with the 2012 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. This is Shiffrin’s second and Cochran-Siegle's third consecutive win. The winners will be officially recognized at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH on June 1, during a 5-7 p.m. ET ceremony. The Golden Ski Award has been presented to the top male and female skiers in the East since 1969.
Juniors Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) have been awarded the Don. A Metivier Golden Ski Award for the second straight season.
Cochran-Siegle has won the award three consecutive years.
Shiffrin earned an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom podium this winter with third in Lienz, Austria and defended her U.S. slalom title at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park, CO.
Cochran-Siegle scored World Cup super G points in Beaver Creek, CO and won gold medals in downhill and combined at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Roccaraso, Italy.
The Golden Ski Award has been presented to the top male and female junior skiers in the East since 1969.
The award will be presented to Shiffrin and Cochran-Siegle during a June 1 ceremony at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH.
QUOTES Jim Gregory, Chair of the ESWA's Golden Ski Award Committee The Golden Ski Award is the oldest honor given to alpine ski racers that exists today. It has been presented to top ski racers from the East since 1969, the year after the modern World Cup circuit started. Many of the Golden Ski winners have gone on to World Cup gold as well. We are proud to honor Mikaela Shiffrin and Ryan Cochran-Siegle, two extraordinary athletes, and look forward watching them set the bar even higher as they pursue their careers on the slopes.
Mikaela Shiffrin This season has been a whirlwind of experiences, it was all ends of the spectrum. I had a lot of amazing results and I'm really happy to get those in there becuase it made this season - as my rookie season - worth all the hard work.
All I can say to young athletes who are aspring to accomplish great things is you just have to give it everything you have. It's worth it, it's worth every bit of the hard work that you put in.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle After Beaver Creek, I knew I was skiing well and just kept it going. I definitely had some bad days in there, but you learn from your mistakes. The medals from Junior Worlds gave me a ton of energy, but I also free ski a lot and I think it's important to always be out there doing what you love.
It also helps to have a great team behind you. My coaches Brad [Saxe] and Pete [Korfiatis] have been great and definitely helped me get to this point.
Golden Ski History 1969: Tyler Palmer, Karen Middleton 1970: Charles Bent, Karen Middleton 1971: Rod Taylor, Judy McNealus 1972: Laurent Gaudin, Jody Palmer 1973: Jerry McNealus, No female winner 1974: No award 1975: Scott Light, Holly Flanders 1976-2007: Award Lost 2008: Bump Heldman, Julia Ford 2009: Nolan Kasper, Julia Ford 2010: Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Julia Ford 2011: Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Mikaela Shiffrin 2012: Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Mikaela Shiffrin