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Sochi Olympics: Athlete of the Day 2/2

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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Meet Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skier!

  • AGE 29 (MARCH 9, 1984)
  • HEIGHT 5' 6"
  • WEIGHT 140LBS

  • BIRTHPLACE RENO, NV
  • RESIDENCE SQUAW VALLEY, CA
  • FIRST OLYMPICS 2002

Having grown up in Squaw Valley, Calif., site of the 1960 Winter Games, Olympic awareness was ingrained in Julia Mancuso from the moment she clipped into her first pair of skis as a 2-year-old. It is fitting that as a ski racer, she has had her greatest success on the Olympic Alpine slopes. Mancuso has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with five from the World Championships and a U.S.-record three from the Olympics. She won gold in the giant slalom in Torino in 2006, and, after several injury-plagued seasons, silver medals in downhill and super-combined, in Vancouver. Four years later, she remains a medal threat, primarily in the speed events.

Career highlights

  • 2013: World Championships – Bronze (super-G)
  • 2013: U.S. Championships – Gold (giant slalom)
  • 2012: U.S. Championships – Gold (giant slalom, super-G)
  • 2011: World Championships – Silver (super-G)
  • 2011: U.S. Championships – Gold (giant slalom, super-G)
  • 2010: Olympics – Silver (downhill, super-combined)
  • 2010: U.S. Championships – Gold (giant slalom)
  • 2009: U.S. Championships – Gold (giant slalom, super-combined)
  • 2007: World Championships – Silver (super-combined)
  • 2007: U.S. Championships – Gold (super-G)
  • 2006: Olympics – Gold (giant slalom)
  • 2006: U.S. Championships – Gold (super-combined)
  • 2005: World Championships – Bronze (super-G, giant slalom)
  • 2005: U.S. Championships – Gold (giant slalom, super-combined)
  • 2004: U.S. Championships – Gold (super-combined)
  • 2003: U.S. Championships – Gold (downhill, super-G, giant slalom)

Things to know:

1. When she was 10 years old, Mancuso scribbled a self-portrait on the back of a poster featuring 1994 Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe. The Moe side of the poster reads “Two-time gold medalist.” Over her self-portrait, Mancuso wrote, “Four time gold medalist.”

2. Mancuso, who lists Squaw Valley as her place of residence, actually splits her time between two very distinct climates. During the off-season, she lives on the Hawaiian island of Maui, where she stays active and builds up her core through biking, stand-up paddling and surfing.

3. Mancuso races in “Super Jules” underwear, a line she designed herself. Her other business ventures include owning and operating a gym, Performance by JM, in Lake Tahoe.

by on Feb. 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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ScrChk23
by Amanda on Feb. 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Wow!!  What a resume!

RobynS
by on Feb. 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Wow! She is a busy lady!

mandee1503
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM
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Very busy. She lives near me part time. I'm about an hour from squaw valley.
SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM
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I LOVE JULIA MANCUSO!!!

She is often featured in ski films that I like to watch, and I just like her style. She's at the top of the list of athletes I'll be watching for this year. :)

skiing

countrygirlkat
by Kathleen on Feb. 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

That is so cool that she does so many other businesses as well!

MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM
I agree!

Quoting ScrChk23:

Wow!!  What a resume!

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM
She sure is!

Quoting RobynS:

Wow! She is a busy lady!

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM
That is very cool.

Quoting mandee1503: Very busy. She lives near me part time. I'm about an hour from squaw valley.
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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM
I will for sure be watching her this year too!

Quoting SarahSuzyQ:

I LOVE JULIA MANCUSO!!!

She is often featured in ski films that I like to watch, and I just like her style. She's at the top of the list of athletes I'll be watching for this year. :)

skiing

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM
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I was thinking the same thing!

Quoting countrygirlkat:

That is so cool that she does so many other businesses as well!

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