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)
The athletes still have their ski legs under them, not their beach legs, according to Women's Speed Coach Chip White, which makes the May training block at Mammoth unique compared to other off-season camps.
Following an incredibly successful Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships that brought thousands of fans to Squaw Valley this spring, the annual event is returning to the 1960 Olympic Mountain to close the 2014 Olympic Winter Games season.
Chip White, Head Coach of the Best in the World women's alpine speed team, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as finalist for National Coach of Year – the organizations most prestigious coaching honor.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) captured the first U.S. title of her career with a mere .01 second super G victory over Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) Friday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.
Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) took full advantage of home snow to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom for a record 16th career U.S. title.
World Championship gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) roll to the hometown of Olympic gold winner and record setting major championship medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) March 20-24 for the Nature Valle
Julia Mancuso skied into eighth place Sunday during the World Cup giant slalom final in Lenzerheide, finalizing her fourth place overall finish in the Audi FIS World Cup standings.
Julia Mancuso capped an incredible super G season with a second place finish in the women’s super G standings.
Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and the U.S. Ski Team head into the Alpine World Cup Finals with serious momentum.
Julia Mancuso battled the wet snow and flat light to finish eighth in the Ofterschwang giant slalom in Germany.
VIDEO: Mancuso 3rd in Garmisch SG
Another super G, another podium finish for Julia Mancuso. World Championship bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was third Sunday in the final super G of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup "regular season."
VIDEO: Mancuso 2nd Garmisch Super G
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) tied with Slovenian Tina Maze for second in a sun-soaked Garmisch super G.The result plants Mancuso 65 points behind Maze in the super G title chase with two super G races remaining on the calendar.
World Championship bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was third Sunday in the final super G of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup "regular season" ahead of discipline leader Tina Maze of Slovenia to push the title to the final race of the year.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) became the sixth U.S. Ski Team women's speed athlete to finish in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three this season with a stunning second in the Garmisch downhill.
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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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OLYMPICS (top 15)
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Medals)
WORLD CUP (highlights)
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS (16 titles)