Winter Games Athletes
Mancuso is already a three-time Olympian after debuting as a 17-year-old at the 2002 Salt Lake Games. She’s spent nearly half of her life racing professionally after making her first World Cup start in 1999. Success certainly didn’t come right away, but she’s since become one of the most decorated skiers in U.S. history. It took her until the 2005 world championships to capture her first major championship medal, but she’s now won more than any American woman with eight, one ahead of injured teammate Lindsey Vonn. Three of those have come in the Olympics, the most ever for a female American alpine racer, beginning with giant slalom gold at the 2006 Turin Games. She followed that with downhill and super-combined silver in Vancouver, but she failed to come close to a repeat in the giant slalom with an eighth-place finish. Mancuso has since posted three straight top-5 overall finishes in the World Cup season standings, with the super-G emerging as her race of choice. "Super Jules," her nickname among teammates and fans, has risen in the super-G ranks with consecutive second-place finishes in the discipline’s season standings after cracking the top three for the first time in 2011. She backed that progression up with her fifth world championship medal, earning bronze in the 2013 super-G.