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Kelley goes back-to-back in Hotham ANC slaloms

August 27, 2016 / By Sean Higgins - Associate Editor

American independent racer Robby Kelley and Norway’s Rikke Gasmann-Brott both took back-to-back slalom wins to close out the ANC series at Mt. Hotham, Australia, to conclude to an exciting week of racing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gasmann-Brott took the opening women’s slalom by a convincing 1.75 seconds ahead of American and Waterville Valley racer Madison Lord, finishing with a total time of 1:43.66 seconds. Germany’s Julia Mutschlechner rounded out the podium in third, 2.36 seconds back, after her two giant slalom wins to start the week.

Turning the Page

June 25, 2016 / By Sean Higgins - Associate Editor

 

It came as a surprise to many ski racing fans when Vermont native Tim Kelley suddenly announced his retirement from the sport following a banner season of World Cup breakthroughs in which he also secured slalom starting rights for the 2016-17 season by virtue of his runner-up finish in the NorAm discipline standings.

 

“I’m retiring,” is all the caption reads on his Instagram account beneath an action shot from mid run at his first World Championships in 2015 at Beaver Creek. The 30-year-old member of the iconic Cochran legacy of ski racers’ brief statement left many wondering why such an up-and-coming talent would choose to bow out just as his career seemed to finally be taking off.

Canadians sweep NorAm, Robby Kelley hits Europa Cup podium

December 2, 2015 / By Sean Higgins - Associate Editor

 

American independent racer Robby Kelley snagged his first career Europa Cup podium on Wednesday, placing third in the first of two slaloms held in Hemsedal, Norway.

 

Kelley, who is a member of Redneck Racing and is based out of the Mount Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe, Vt., came from the 36th start position to move up to 10th place after the first run. Kelley’s second run was good enough to leapfrog him up into third place overall, 0.78 seconds behind race winner Ramon Zenhaeusern of the Swiss national team.

The Redneck Ski Racers from Vermont

VTSKI+RIDE- Biddle Duke- November 22, 2015

 

Meet Vermont’s scrappiest, funniest, winningest World Cup caliber racers: The Redneck Racers from Cochran’s.

 

Last spring, three members of Vermont’s  famous Cochran ski racing family were invited to join the U.S. Ski Team for this 2015-16 season. Tim Kelley, son of one-time national champion Lindy Cochran Kelley, said yes, joining his cousin Ryan Cochran-Siegle on the squad. But in a move that surprised many, Tim’s younger brother, Robby, declined. Not because he didn’t want to compete on the international circuit, but because he wanted to do it on his own.

American Kelley scores big at Perisher ANC slalom

By Sean Higgins – Associate Editor 

August 25, 2015

 

The Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) slalom series held in Perisher, Australia, drew a strong international field and concluded competition Sunday after an exciting couple days of racing.

 

In the opening slalom contested Aug. 22, American independent skier Robby Kelley took the win in the men’s race, scoring a career-best 6-point result, beating out World Cup winner Marc Gini of Switzerland in second and Slovakia’s Adam Zampa in third.

 

“After pouring rain all night, we actually ended up having a pretty nice day!” Kelley said of his first ANC victory.

Checking in with Redneck Racing’s Robby Kelley

By Sean Higgins – Associate Editor 

July 21, 2015

 

The list of Robby Kelley’s skiing accomplishments is long: National Champion, NorAm titleholder, the youngest American male to score World Cup tech points in the 2013 and 2014 seasons – the accolades could go on. Currently the 53rd ranked slalom skier in the world, Kelley is no stranger to taking the road less traveled to the World Cup.

 

As a member of the famous Cochran lineage of American ski racers, Kelley hopes to make his own mark on the landscape of the World Cup.

 

Roberts and Kelley Bros. sweep ANC slalom podium

By Ski Racing- September 6th 2014

 

Three independent U.S. ski racers swept the Australia New Zealand Cup slalom podium at Coronet Peak on Friday, led by former Middlebury College standout Hig Roberts who was previously best regarded for his giant slalom performances including placing seventh last year at the World University Games. But Roberts has come into form in slalom as well since joining Team America and jumping into Southern Hemisphere races.

 

Redneck Racing (comprised of former U.S. Ski Team brothers Robby and Tim Kelley) was hot on Roberts’ heels and helped complete the American podium sweep. Robby, also previously regarded as a stronger GS skier, has turned heads recently by securing back-to-back podium results in ANC slalom races and cutting his points from 16 to just under 9.

Kelley takes big win in Coronet Cup slalom

By Ski Racing- August 20th 2014

 

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — The last of four days of racing at Coronet Peak wrapped up Wednesday with the Coronet Cup slalom for both men and women.

 

With the national slalom title under his belt after the previous day’s championship race, New Zealand’s Adam Barwood could relax a little an in doing so put down a solid first run, finding himself in sixth place overall heading into the second run.

 

“I’m pretty happy with that,” he commented of his first run time of 43.84. “I skied much better than yesterday.”

 

The technical courses made for quick skiing and several racers failed to finish their first runs in both the men’s and women’s fields.

Robby Kelley takes the road less traveled … once again

By CJ Feehan- August 1st 2014

 

Nobody has ever accused Vermonter Robby Kelley of being conventional. From the way he was first named to the U.S. Ski Team, after spending a freshman year at the University of Vermont and just missing the cut for the Catamounts’ NCAA Championship team, to his latest video where he skis down the race trail at his family’s ski area, Cochran’s, in the middle of the summer — swishing his way through chest-high flora as if it’s waist-deep powder — Kelley frequently takes the road less traveled. So when he was left off the U.S. Ski Team roster for the 2014-15 season but was offered an opportunity to pay his own way as an invitee to the team, he once again decided to take the nonconformist route.

 

“I’m going to be skiing on my own this year and traveling around with my brother quite a bit. I’ll be training with him and I’m fundraising on my own, so no U.S. Ski Team this year. … I’m fully on my own, but I’m really excited about it,” Kelley said. “I’m pretty happy that I can be fully in charge of where I’m going to be traveling and the races I’m going to be doing or if I’m going to be training.”

GEAR GUIDE: VIDEO: OUR PILGRIMAGE BY TUCKER MARSHALL

By Ski Racing- July 29th 2014

 

In the 2013-14 season finale webisode by Tucker Marshall, athletes take on U.S. Nationals at Squaw Valley and then road trip to Lutsen, Minnesota from the East Coast. Marshall’s sponsors include Volkl, Lange, Uvex, and HWK USA.

 

We’re pretty sure Guenther Birgmann steals the show, but you’ll have to watch until the end to decide.