February 17, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - At 18, Mikaela Shiffrin is somewhat young to serve as the American ski team's savior. And this is her first Olympics. Or is it? "To everyone else, it's my first Olympics," Shiffrin said Saturday, "but to me, it's my thousandth. " That's because the Colorado teenager has envisioned this trip to Sochi, if not the responsibility she now bears, for a long time. Over and over during her recent training sessions in Italy, Austria, and Germany, she imagined herself talking to reporters, climbing onto various steps of the podium to have a medal placed around her neck, and even crashing on the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center slopes.
February 12, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - The podium that Julia Mancuso stood on Monday, after capturing the bronze medal in super-combined, was her destination all along. It's just, as usual, the journey there was not as she envisioned. "I really felt like this summer, after training, that I'd come here as a favorite," Mancuso said. "And what happened was the complete opposite. "I spent so much time on making everything perfect that the first time when things didn't go perfectly, I sort of freaked out. I started questioning every single thing I had been doing.
February 9, 2014 |
SOCHI - The American team scattered as it entered Fisht Olympic Stadium Friday night, some waving excitedly to friends and relatives, some hamming it up for NBC's cameras, still others simply moved by understandable exuberance. But Julia Mancuso stayed in formation, smiling, waving, marching. True to her history, she was comfortable letting others step out. The 29-year-old, now a four-time Olympian, may be the unsung hero on a U.S. Alpine ski team whose praises have been sung loudly during the weeks leading to these 2014 Winter Games.
February 18, 2013 |
JULIA MANCUSO got the ball rolling with a bronze medal in Schladming, Austria, on the same day Lindsey Vonn had a season-ending crash. Ted Ligety followed with three golds to earn the title from local media of "Der Koenig von Schladming" - "The King of Schladming. " And Mikaela Shiffrin , 17, capped a historic world championships for the U.S. Ski Team by fighting off a serious case of nerves to win the slalom title. In the end, the U.S. team had the most golds at worlds - the first non-European nation to achieve the feat.
March 31, 2012
Julia Mancuso flew through the sun-splashed course in Winter Park, Colo., conquering the soft snow to defend her super-G title at U.S. championships. The Olympic gold medalist finished in a time of 1 minute, 10.38 seconds on Friday, beating Leanne Smith by 1.2 seconds. Laurenne Ross was third. Mancuso of Squaw Valley, Calif., was coming off a stellar World Cup season in which she won two events and finished on the podium in another four races. She was fourth in the overall competition, finishing 960 points behind teammate Lindsey Vonn , who ran away from everyone.
February 27, 2010 |
WHISTLER, British Columbia - Good thing Lindsey Vonn got her gold out of the way early. After winning an Olympic title in her signature event, the downhill, Vonn took bronze in the super-G. Things went, well, downhill from there. Vonn skied off course after straddling, then missing a gate, early in the first run of slalom yesterday morning to end her 2010 Olympic Games. "I came out of the starting gate charging," Vonn said yesterday. "But I haven't been skiing a lot of slalom and hit some mashed-potato snow and it was over before I knew it. " Vonn's good friend Maria Riesch of Germany won the slalom in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 42.89 seconds to collect her second gold of the Games after her super-combined victory.
February 26, 2010 |
VANCOUVER - The U.S. ski team yesterday confirmed that Lindsey Vonn will race today, despite breaking her right pinkie in a crash Wednesday that ended her first run in the giant slalom. A contender in all five events entering the Winter Games, Vonn won the downhill, took bronze in the super-G, and washed out in the GS and the super-combined. The location and severity of Vonn's crash Wednesday forced teammate and recent critic Julia Mancuso to stop her own, choppy run two-thirds of the way through it. Mancuso, the defending gold medalist, happened to be scheduled to start right after Vonn.
February 25, 2010
WHISTLER MOUNTAIN, British Columbia - You remember this one: "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" Here, it's "Lindsey! Lindsey! Lindsey!" That's what weepy Julia Mancuso had to be thinking, lying on her back in the corral at the bottom of Franz's Run, where the skiers end their races here. Mancuso stood 18th after her first giant-slalom run, virtually eliminated from medal contention. Fog postponed the second run until today, but, for Mancuso, it probably will be an exercise in futility.
February 21, 2010 |
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The three women's speed races are over now. If they didn't turn out to be quite the fairy tale America had imagined for Lindsey Vonn, it's because they played out too much like the Goldilocks story for her. She went too fast in one, too slow in another, just right in the third. Vonn earned a bronze medal in the women's Super G yesterday at Whistler Creek, her second medal of these Winter Olympics and a seventh for the record-setting U.S. ski team.
February 19, 2010
WHISTLER, British Columbia - Shin happens. Now, you wonder: Will it keep happening? Will Lindsey Vonn's quest for multiple medals - let's face it, multiple golds - be derailed by a heavily bruised right shin that likely led to her demise in yesterday's super-combined? "It hurts," Vonn said after a crash in her second race, halfway to the finish, cost the American skier a likely second gold in as many days. "I got up this morning, and it hurt the worst it has since I started skiing on it again.