With eight major championships medals, Julia Mancuso is hands down the most dominant big race skier the U.S. Ski Team has ever experienced. (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
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)
Mikaela Shiffrin skied to fifth Tuesday during her first-ever Olympic appearance at the women’s giant slalom of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Julia Mancuso posted the best American finish in eighth at a rough and unforgiving super G Saturday, the final women’s speed event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Thursday's Olympic downhill as Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia made history with a tie for gold.
Julia Mancuso produced a true champion performance Monday, becoming the first American skier in history to win a medal in three straight Olympic Winter Games with her bronze in the super combined event at the Rosa Khutor alpine center.
Laurenne Ross and Jackie Wiles (pictured) earned downhill starts in the third and final downhill training run Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Olympic venue and will be joining Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso in the Feb. 12 downhill.
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Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 13th in super G Sunday, the last of four races held over four days in Cortina to close the Olympic qualification period.
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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 eight – three 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. mark for Junior World Championships medals before she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.
When you're a rocket ship, blasting off one of the best seasons of your career, why not keep it rolling? That's exactly what Super Jules did in 2013. Here's the CNN-style highlight reel: podiums in four of six Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G races, finishing second in the standings when the final race of the season was canceled…super G bronze at the World Championships, the fifth Worlds medal of her decorated career…fourth in the World Cup overall standings for the second straight season…and to cap it, a record-extending 16th U.S. title with a giant slalom victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Whew!
In super G I just feel really confident and we have an amazing group of coaches. That helps a lot with inspection and course report, being able to really nail it on the first run. That’s been my strength the last years. I’m just building off of that confidence and every year is getting a little faster, a little better. I just have to take it one step further and win races.
Our team is just full of a lot of special girls. We have a lot of fun on the road together. We kind of have to be each other’s family because we’re away from home so much. Everyone gets along really well and so we’re lucky.
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U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS (16 titles)