Champion Q & A: Julia Mancuso


October 19, 2007

(USST Press Release)—Olympic champ Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) battled for the World Cup title down to the final weekend last year, picking up four wins and a World Championship medal along the way. With great summer training in Chile, New Zealand and Hawaii, she’s ready to rejoin the battle in the Oct. 27 opener on the glacier in Soelden, Austria. And checkout Julia in the November Outside Magazine!

With a strong summer of dryland and on snow training, how’s your confidence?

I’ve been training in Hawaii and my body’s feeling good. I’m already into being pretty balanced and getting to where I can push it (skiing). I can go full speed a month ahead of last year. I’ve been focusing on refining things more. In the past, a lot of times I could go fast, but this time I’ve been working on getting my turns really balanced. Going fast wasn’t my focus – I concentrated on perfecting the basics of the turn…and then going faster from there.

Living in Hawaii, do you miss the mountains?

I wasn’t in Tahoe much this summer, so I’ve just been spending more time in the ocean. I miss the mountains but I get my fix all winter. It’s become winter in the mountains and summer in the ocean. I love being in the ocean; the waves don’t matter, but I just love the ocean.

You had a record five straight podiums at one point and were in contention for the World Cup title into the final week. What do you bring into the 2008 season from that experience?

That was good for my confidence, of course. It’s important for me to remember the good results as well as the bad results, and to do the best at every opportunity. I try to keep focused and moving forward.

With no World Championships this season, are you pointing for one particular race?

I’ll be taking it one race at a time. I have some favorite venues, like Cortina (d’Ampezzo, Italy), but I look at the rest of the season as a good opportunity to take in every race…to figure out what works best. I’ll focus on every race instead of trying to peak for Worlds or the Olympics.

Julia and company will showcase their 70+mph downhill skills at the Aspen Winternational Dec. 7-9. Check it out on NBC and Versus. And read the full Q&A with Julia Mancuso at www.usskiteam.com.