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Another Podium for Mancuso—at Freeride Worlds

Another Podium for Mancuso—at Freeride Worlds

[ Tue, 2010-03-23 15:21 ]
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Julia Mancuso
Which begs the question: Is the three-time Olympic medalist simply the best female skier there is?

Do racers make the best free-skiers? It’s an age-old argument, and Julia Mancuso makes a compelling case that it’s true. Fresh off her two-medal performance on the Olympic tracks at Whistler, Mancuso entered the Nissan Xtreme competition at Verbier, Switzerland, last weekend—the culmination of the Freeride World Tour—and her result was an astounding third place.

Without any training, and with no previous freeskiing competition experience, she threw herself down the north face of imposing Bec de Rosses, competing against a field that included the best competitive freeskiers in the world, and collected a bronze medal at the bottom. Only two women bested her, including winner Ane Enderud of Norway and Jackson Hole’s Jess McMillan (who also grew up racing) in second place.

We admit, we’ve had a huge crush on the wild girl from California ever since her thrilling GS gold medal win in Torino, but we still think we’re capable of objectivity in the matter. Safe to say, there wasn’t another woman in the Verbier field—all awesome skiers—who could podium in a World Cup race. So, has Julia Mancuso staked a credible claim to Best Female Skier in the Universe? Discuss.