Countdown to Sochi 2014: Julia Mancuso

Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll look at some of your favorite Winter Olympic athletes ahead of the Sochi games. This week, 3-time medalist and downhill skier, Julia Mancuso.

Lindsey Vonn might get all the headlines but its Julia Mancuso that takes home all the medals. Mancuso is the most decorated female skier (U.S.) in Olympic history, winning gold in Turin 2006 and two silvers in 2010. She is attempting to become the first woman to win an alpine skiing medal in three separate Olympics. She also has five medals at the World Championships.

Mancuso wears a plastic tiara over her helmet during downhill races. That led to a lingerie line called, “Kiss My Tiara”—a line Mancuso proudly modeled for. “I think underwear is my calling. You can be feminine and fast.” she said.

The 29-year-old Mancuso has struggled ahead of the Sochi games but don’t count her out. She’s widely considered one of the best “big race” skiers of all-time. She may not duplicate her effort in Vancouver but don’t be surprised if she medals again.

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