Julia Mancuso tells us about training with Kristen Ulmer and how her mind powers her body.
Kristen Ulmer’s Ski to Live clinics (featured in our October issue) have helped skiers like like Julia Mancuso hone the mental aspects of their skiing. The Olympic gold medalist and burgeoning big mountain skier told us about training with Ulmer and how it helped her focus on the course.
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.
Everybody loves a girl fight. Especially when the girls are wearing bikinis.
The women’s giant slalom course was the stage for drama yesterday when the slope opera starring U.S. skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso continued. Vonn’s dramatic fall during the first run of the GS forced teammate Mancuso to stop her run halfway down. Vonn broke her pinky in the tumble. Mancuso was unable to regain her momentum in her second run and shed tears in frustration—the GS may have been hers to win, and her always-in-the-spotlight teammate had spoiled her chances. Again.
High drama unfolded again today at Whistler Creekside during the women's giant slalom event. The only thing more ominous than the hanging fog that shrouded the course was the air between American teammates Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso after Vonn's crash derailed what looked to be a strong first run for Mancuso.
Today, the Austrian coach set the women’s super G course, and today Austrian Andrea Fischbacher walked away with the gold and the country’s first alpine medal of these games. Coincidence? FIS and Olympic rules are such that each course—except the downhill—is set by a randomly selected country’s delegate, usually a coach. Naturally, the delegate sets the courses to favor their athletes’ strengths. But after watching today’s intense and extremely close competition, it would impugn Fischbacher’s performance to write off the win as a coincidence.
The Americans ruled the podium in a women’s downhill that lived up to Olympic expectations for excitement.
Lindsey Vonn, showing little ill effects from a shin injury that last week cast her medal hopes in doubt, charged the rough and highly technical Whistler track under sunny skies, laying down a spectacular run to claim her first gold with apparent ease. Only teammate Julia Mancuso—whose run was equally electrifying, came close, .56 seconds out. Austrian Elisabeth Goergl was a distant third, 1.46 seconds behind Vonn.