Julia Mancuso is the most decorated American female alpine skier with a total of four Olympic medals, and is now the only American woman to win a medal of every color in alpine skiing. (Getty Images/Alexander Hassenstein)
After a disappointing 2013-14 World Cup season for the women, the athletes had a thrilling few days at Lake Louise last week. So what does this mean for their upcoming season with the World Championships on home soil?
Lindsey Vonn skied an aggressive run and, despite mistakes, came home in second in the opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Lake Louise
Lindsey Vonn won the Lake Louise downhill on Saturday, with Stacey Cook in second and Julia Mancuso in third, for the first ever all-American podium in ski racing history.
A strong U.S. Ski Team women's speed squad is ready for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season opener Friday, making the return of Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn
It was a strong day for the USA in the opening training run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, headlined by strong runs from Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis, both returning from multiple knee injuries.
Mikaela Shiffrin shook off a big mistake in the first run to finish strong and take sixth in the Nature Valley Aspen Winterational GS.
The ladies Tech Team is ready for this season's first U.S. World Cup.
Huge crowds turned out for the formal announcement of the 2014-15 U.S. Alpine Ski Team at the Nature Valley First Tracks festivities at Copper Mountain
FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis joined athletes and officials to showcase the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to media in New York City.
Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) celebrated the 100 day mark to the World Championshps in her hometown by winning the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom of her career in Soelden.
Heavy snow fell overnight and into Thursday morning with up to a meter on the Rettenbach Glacier. Clear skies are expected for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup this weekend.
Julia Mancuso picks her top contenders for gold at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational on Saturday. (Photo: Ski Racing)
Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) continued her storybook season Thursday with victory in the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom.
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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.
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.
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