Julia Mancuso Headed Back To The Slopes
American alpine skier Julia Mancuso hasn’t been home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for long, but she's already planning her return to the snowy slopes.
Julia Mancuso Wins Bronze At Sochi
Mancuso, 29, competed at Sochi 2014 in the women’s alpine events, and picked up a bronze medal for her time in the super combined-slalom. Though Mancuso is known as one of the best alpine skiers in the world and has captured more Olympic medals than Lindsay Vonn, making her the most medaled female American skier, her place on the podium isn’t her sole motivation.
“My mom has always taught me there’s enough for everybody,” Mancuso told Fox Sports. "There’s enough medals to be won, there’s enough game, there’s enough good energy for everyone. And as part of a team, the most positive we can be for each other, the better everyone will be in the end.”
“I think it’s really easy to get caught up in the results of things,” she added, speaking of Sochi. “And I wanted to just focus on my sport and how I love to do it and be inspired by other athletes…and not worry too much on the results.”
Mancuso's Skiing Season Continues
Following her latest Olympics, Mancuso has been doing a press tour, which included a stop in Hollywood for a sit-down with Maria Menounos. After her media tour is over, Mancuso will jet off to the Swiss Alps for a competition. The 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., will follow.
Before fulfilling her media obligations in the states and before getting back to her first love, skiing, Mancuso spent some time in Sochi off the snow and in the water – surfing in the Black Sea.
"It was cold, but it wasn't bad. I didn't have a hoodie [an insulated neoprene hood] on, so I only lasted about 45 minutes. I caught four amazing waves. There were some big sets. Most of the waves were shoulder high," she told People "I caught some incredible waves all the way to the shore, so I was pretty stoked. We surfed up a storm, literally. There was a storm passing through and it died out in about two hours, and the waves were gone after that. We hit it perfect."
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