Middlebury College alpine skier Rob Cone (Killington, Vt.) has been named the National Men’s Alpine Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Skiing Coaches Association (USCSCA). Cone had a stellar sophomore season at Middlebury in 2015, winning the NCAA Championship in the giant slalom.
No men’s alpine skier in the east dominated the carnival circuit this year like Cone. He earned the GS Leader Award from the EISA and was a first-team selection. Cone won the first three giant slalom events of the season, placing second and third in two others. His slalom results were equally impressive with three second-place efforts and one third. Cone finished the carnival season ranked first in the east in the GS and second in the slalom.
At the NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Cone became the first men’s individual skiing champion to represent Middlebury atop the podium since Robert MacLeod took home the men’s slalom title in 1989. His top finish in the GS earned him All-American honors for the second time in his career (2011). Cone’s finish aided Middlebury to win the team national title in the GS event.