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)
Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational on Saturday. (Photo: Ski Racing)
Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) continued her storybook season Thursday with victory in the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom.
Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley.
Squaw Valley's Red Dog run is ready to go for next week's Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships with two to three feet of snow coverage. Olympic medalists Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso will be among the contestants.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 14) - The U.S. Ski Team, captained by Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), powered to second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Julia Mancuso skied into the top ten Thursday at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final, leading the U.S. women during the final speed event of the 2014 season.
Julia Mancuso was tenth to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide.
After a successful 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, women’s speed Head Coach Chip White will step aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals this week.
Olympic medalists Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) finished 20th and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) 24th in the last Audi FIS Alpine World Cup women's giant slalom prior to the World Cup Finals.
ARE, Sweden (March 6) - Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished 15th Thursday to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom races held in Are.
Olympic super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 18th Sunday in the final downhill prior to the March 10-17 World Cup Finals.
Overnight snow and a particularly stagnant bank of fog forced race organizers to bump Saturday's FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill to Sunday, effectively canceling the orginally schedule super combined.
A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold with one going to teen Mikaela Shiffrin after her slalom win under the lights Friday night.
Julia Mancuso talks winning super combined bronze and her Olympic experience so far. (Photo: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)
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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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