Quest for Gold: Julia Mancuso

Quest for Gold: Julia Mancuso
February 6, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Lake Tahoe's Julia Mancuso won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. (AP)

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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.

READ MORE ABOUT JULIA MANCUSO AT NBCOLYMPICS.com