Friday, January 19, 2018

Julia Mancuso Says Goodbye to the Alpine Skiing Competition in Cortina

Julia Mancuso announced that she has made the difficult decision to end her career after 18 years on the World Cup and today we have attended in Cortina to the last descent in the Alpine Ski World Cup of "Super Jules".
Dressed as Superwoman with a red cape tied around her neck Julia had her last race, at the site of her first world cup podium: a super-G second-place finish in Cortina, Italy.
Until today Julia Mancuso held out hope that she would qualify for her fifth Olympic Winter Games but the pain from a degenerative right hip has proved too much.
"It has been an epic battle with my hip injury, and the past three years I have put everything into returning to competition at the highest level and the goal to reach my fifth Olympic Games. There have been really promising days during this challenging process, and I have kept my spirits up despite many who questioned or doubted me (...) Sadly, I haven’t found the progression to compete with the best in the world again, but I’m proud to have fought until the very end. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to ski racing, but I do so with a full heart", Mancuso said in a statement released by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
In the 18 years since her first world cup race in 1999, Mancuso won more Olympic medals than any American woman in alpine skiing, with four -she won gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Turin Games, silver in downhill and combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games and bronze in combined at the 2014 Sochi Games-, and is tied with Lindsey Vonn for most global championship medals won by an American woman with nine. She has also stood on the world cup podium 36 times -7 times at the top of it- and started in 398 world cup races.
A talented multi-discipline skier, Mancuso won medals in Giant Slalom as well as the speed events of Downhill and Super-G. As evidence of her versatility, she earned two of her four Olympic medals in super combined.
"I really look forward to the next part of my skiing career, which will be exploring and adventuring through the mountains with my friends and hopefully do some more filming in the backcountry", Mancuso said. "I don't really look at it as ending a ski career. I just look at it as transitioning -- and I won't have to wake up quite as early, so that's nice".

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