Alpine Skiing Olympics 2014

Julia Mancuso

Alpine Skiing Sochi Olympics 2014


Alpine Skiing

Olympic History

Alpine skiing first became part of the Olympic program in 1936 at the Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Prior to this, only the slalom and the downhill were part of the Olympic sport program. At the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, medals were awarded in three events — the slalom, giant slalom, and downhill. It was not until the Calgary Olympic Winter Games in 1988 that the super giant slalom was added to the alpine skiing program.

Alpine Skiing in Russia

In the early 1900s, so-called «hillmen» — who preferred racing downhill — began to stand out among Russian skiers, although they soon got carried away by downhill skiing involving turns, which would later be known as slalom racing. Alpine skiing’s popularity grew rapidly in the ensuing years. By the 1970s, about 28,000 athletes were being trained in sports centers for adults and children.

Julia Mancuso Wins Downhill at 2011 World Cup Final - from Universal Sports
Julia Mancuso takes 2nd in Lake Louis Super G - Universal Sports

Julia Mancuso gets bronze in super combined; gold for Hoefl-Riesch

KRASNAYA POLYANA — Julia Mancuso again lived up to her reputation as a big-event racer Monday and added to her illustrious career at major ski championships.

Mancuso, 29, won her fourth Olympic medal by taking the bronze in the women's super-combined in spring-like conditions that she is accustomed to back home at Squaw Valley, Calif., the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Alpine Athletes » Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso splits her time between Squaw Valley, Hawaii and hotel rooms across the globe. In between, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with eight – three Olympic and five World Championship. As a four-event athlete from the beginning, Mancuso started World Cup racing and was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17, set a U.S. mark for Junior World Championships medals before she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.