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Super Jules: Mancuso captures bronze

Posted by Dan Egan  February 10, 2014 08:55 AM

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There was no one louder in the stands at the Rosa Khutor Resort than the Julia Mancuso fan club, which consisted of her grandmother Sheila, her mother Andrea, two sisters, and a boatload of crazed relatives and friends waving flags that said "Super Jules!"

Mancuso added a bronze medal to her collection in the super combined skiing event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Mancuso won the downhill portion of the super combined with ease. She was clearly the smoothest skier of the day and carved the hardest parts of the track where most racers had issues. Running last in the slalom, she was able to ski fast enough to grab the bronze.

“The best part of today was crossing the finish line in both the downhill and the slalom,” laughed an ecstatic Mancuso in the finish area. “Just knowing that I skied well and was one of the last ones down made it feel so good to see my name in the top three.”

She was the silver medalist in this event in Vancouver in 2010, and hasn’t run a full length slalom run since last season in France. Mancuso is known for winning at the big events, and she now has four Olympic medals.

"When I won on the first run in the giant slalom in Torino, my grandpa was so proud of me and said 'nothing else matters now, you've already won my race'. He's in the heavens now, so I'm looking up to him right now. This is for my grandpa," Mancuso said.

Her grandmother, Sheila, was in the stands and cried afterward.

“I’m just so proud of her, all of us are just so proud," she said.

It was a field of heavy hitters, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won this event in Vancouver, and she did it again in Russia. She is one of the best all-around skiers in the world and dominated the slalom run today. This was her fourth Olympic gold medal.

The silver medal went to Nicole Hosp of Austria, who has six World Championship medals and two previous Olympic silver medals.

“Julia has an energy that just shines. She knows how to win," said Mancuso's mother, Andrea.

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