When people learn that I’m from Vermont, the next question is, invariably, “Do you ski?”
I grew up in the town of Richmond, perhaps best known as home to “the Skiing Cochrans,” a family of mythical athletes. Their father, Mickey, coached all four of his wholesome, ruddy-cheeked offspring all the way to the U.S. Ski team and many national and world cups. Barbara (Barbie, to us) brought home a gold medal in slalom from the 1972 Sapporo winter Olympics. We were sprung early from school for the parade celebrating her triumphant return.