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5-6
Weight
140
 

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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.

JULIA SAYS
I knew I just had to give my best shot and it sure didn’t feel good. I definitely had moments in my mind where I was thinking, ‘This is not going to be good enough but keep fighting.’ I knew where to let it run on that last pitch and surprise! I looked up and got a medal.

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.

FIRST TRACKS
Mancuso was on skis at two at Squaw Valley but didn't race until she was eight, and then she started making up for lost time. She was named to the 2000 Development Team (with older sister April) and her World Cup debut came a few months later when she narrowly missed making the top-30 cut in a slalom race at Copper Mountain. She would go on to pillage the next few Junior World Championships, setting a new U.S. record with eight medals (five golds, three bronze).

OFF THE SNOW
Mancuso loves the ocean life in Maui, where she spends most of her time when not traveling around the world. A big fan of stand-up paddling, surfing and yoga, you can follow all her adventures through your favorite social media outlets or on juliamancuso.com. Philanthropy isn't as much of a hobby for Mancuso as it is a way of life. She's continually raising money for various charities, including Right to Play and the High Fives Foundation. She's also jumped into the business world by designing and selling her own line of underwear while also owning and running a gym (Performance by JM) in Lake Tahoe. 

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS (top 15)
Teams: 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Gold, GS, Torino, ITA, 2006
Silver, DH, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
Silver, SC, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
Bronze, SC, Sochi, RUS, 2014
7th, DH, Torino, ITA, 2006
8th, GS, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
9th, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
11th, SG, Torino, ITA, 2006
13th, Combined, Snowbasin, UT, 2002

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Medals)
Teams: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Silver, SG, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
Silver, SC, Are, SWE, 2007
Bronze, SG, Schladming, AUT, 2013
Bronze, SG, Santa Caterina, ITA, 2005
Bronze, GS, Santa Caterina, ITA, 2005

WORLD CUP (highlights)
Career-best season with third in overall standings (four wins), 2007
Four of six super G podiums, second in discipline standings, 2013
Top 10 in overall (4th), downhill (5th), super G (2nd) and giant slalom (9th) standings, 2012
Seven victories and 35 podiums between 2006-2012
World Cup podiums in all five disciplines

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS (16 titles)
2013, GS, Squaw Valley, CA
2012, GS, Winter Park, CO
2012, SG, Winter Park, CO
2011, GS, Winter Park, CO
2011, SG, Winter Park, CO
2010, GS, Whiteface, NY
2009, GS, Alyeska, AK
2009, Combined, Alyeska, AK
2007, SG, Alyeska, AK
2006, Combined, Sugarloaf, ME
2005, GS, Mammoth Mountain, CA
2005, Combined, Mammoth Mountain, CA
2004, Combined, Sugarloaf, ME
2003, DH, Whiteface, NY
2003, SG, Whiteface, NY
2003, GS, Whiteface, NY

OTHER
American record eight Junior World Championship medals
3rd in 2010 Verbier Extreme Skiing event
Four-time Ski Racing Junior of the Year