Julia Mancuso is the most decorated American female alpine skier with a total of four Olympic medals, and is now the only American woman to win a medal of every color in alpine skiing. (Getty Images/Alexander Hassenstein)
Julia Mancuso sat down with us to answer questions about her World Cup career, her newfound love of backcountry skiing and, most importantly, her skiing future.
It's an action-packed weekend coming up in Europe, with Alice McKennis taking 16th in the Garmisch downhill training run and Lindsey Vonn seventh. Steven Nyman won his second training run in Kvitfjell and looks for another World Cup win on Saturday.
The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went 1-2.
After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble.
The speed races wrapped on Beaver Creek’s renowned Birds of Prey terrain and the World Champs focus switched to the technical events. Of the 116 women at the World Championships GS on Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin took eighth and Lindsey Vonn was 14th.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn have both served as the team’s top-ranking female athletes. Thursday's World Champs GS will be the first time the public will see them compete head-to-head at the Championships.
During Tuesday’s World Champs nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals, tying for fifth.
Tuesday afternoon is the nations team event—a duel paneled slalom at Vail, CO as a part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Athletes and organizers boast that it’s the most fun race of the two weeks, but what exactly is this team event?
It was another day full of action on Monday at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO for the women’s alpine combined. Hopes were high for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who took seventh in the downhill before straddling in the slalom.
There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook into Friday’s downhill.
The 2015 World Championships began Tuesday with the women’s super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
Three U.S. women will contend for two remaining start positions for Friday's women's downhill. Training opens Monday on Raptor.
Lindsey Vonn will take her 64th Audi FIS Ski World Cup to Vail, winning the St. Moritz super G in the final women's event before the World Championships open next week.
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Julia Mancuso splits her time between Squaw Valley, Hawaii and hotel rooms across the globe. In between, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with nine – four Olympic and five World Championship. As a four-event athlete from the beginning, Mancuso started World Cup racing and was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17, set a U.S. record for Junior World Championships medals before she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.
Before Sochi, Mancuso was already the most successful American woman in Olympic alpine skiing history. She decided to add to that legacy in Sochi with a stunning bronze medal in super combined to kick off the women’s racing at the Games. Her storied career now includes an Olympic medal in every color with gold in 2006 and a pair of silver medals from 2010, making her the only American woman to earn one of each. The flush also puts her in the company of long track speedskater Bonnie Blair and short track speedskater Apolo Ohno with medals in three straight Olympics.
Post Sochi, Mancuso returned to the World Cup with solid results to close the 2014 season. Then, while most opted for rest and relaxation after a long season, Mancuso headed straight to Sweden to start equipment testing with Head. True champions are always looking ahead.
I was just kind of amazed. As you know, it’s been a really tough season for me, and I’ve always just had that real belief that I can do it. So putting out these beliefs that I can come out here and have a medal and everyone being a little skeptical and just knowing in my heart that I can do it was kind of like crossing the finish line saying, ‘See it works! Believing in yourself works!
I just love being at the Olympics. It’s so much fun and I get really energized. It was just a perfect example of what I always think: anything is possible at the Olympics, you can never count anyone out and you always have to just do your best.
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