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Julia Mancuso was born March 9, 1984 in Reno, Nevada and is an alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team. She was the gold medalist in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics. She attended The Winter Sports School in Park City, graduating in 2000. The daughter of Ciro Mancuso, she resides in Olympic Valley, California.
Mancuso made her World Cup debut at Copper Mountain, Colorado, on November 20, 1999, at the age of 15. She scored her first World Cup points (top-30 finish in a race) during the 2001 season. While she often struggled in World Cup races over the next few seasons, she enjoyed exceptional success at the Junior World Championships, winning a record eight medals including five golds in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Her World Cup results improved dramatically during the 2005 season, as she climbed to ninth place overall from 55th place in 2004. At the 2005 World Championships, she won bronze medals in both the super G and the giant slalom competitions. Her unexpected gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, coming when she had never finished higher than second in a World Cup race, launched her to stardom.
She won the race despite ongoing pain in her right knee, which was finally traced to hip dysplasia. She would finish the 2006 season in eighth place, including podium (top three) finishes in three races, although she could sometimes barely walk by season's end.
At the start of the off-season, Mancuso endured arthroscopic surgery on her right hip to remove an inch-long bone spur on the ball of the joint. After several months off skis, she resumed training with the U.S. team in August, at their summer ski camp in South America. By the start of the 2007 season, she was almost fully recovered.
Although she started off slowly, with a number of disappointing results in the first few weeks as she worked back into race shape, the 2007 season would turn out to be Mancuso's breakout year on the World Cup circuit. She won her first World Cup race on December 19, 2006, a downhill in Val-d'Isre, France, and then took second in another downhill the next day. She went on to win three more races during the season; a Super G, a super combined, and another downhill. At the 2007 World Championships in re, Sweden, she won a silver medal in the super combined. After finishing on the podium in three consecutive races (2nd, 1st, 3rd) in Tarvisio, Italy, on March 24, 2007, she was tied for the overall World Cup lead. She eventually finished the season in third place overall, the best finish by an American woman since Tamara McKinney in 1984, until Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup title in 2008. She was also in second place in the discipline standings in both downhill and combined.
Mancuso's nickname among her U.S. Ski Team teammates and fans is Super Jules. After her coach gave her a plastic tiara as a good-luck token in 2005, she wore it over her racing helmet during several slalom races. Following her Olympic gold medal in 2006, a ski run at Squaw Valley Ski Resort was renamed Julia's Gold.
Mancuso competes using Rossignol skis, Lange boots and POC helmets and armor. In December 2006, Lange announced that Mancuso would be the first-ever Lange Girl Athlete, and be the subject of posters, images, and an ongoing effort to showcase exceptional women ski athletes who are also attractive and inspiring. Mancuso also models lingerie, and she has been memorably quoted as saying, I think underwear is my calling. You can be feminine and fast. In 2010, Mancuso launched her own lingerie line named Kiss My Tiara In March 2007, she has been linked to Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal, the 20067 World Cup men's champion.
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