Teammate Lindsey Vonn has garnered most of the attention so far in the 2010 Winter Olympics, but fans should not forget about Julia Mancuso.
"Super Jules" is the defending gold medalist in the Giant Slalom and has quite a following of her own.
Mancuso's name is not as well known among other spotlight-grabbing U.S. Winter Olympians, but in the following slides you'll see just why the 25-year-old alpine skier deserves more attention.
Mancuso rules the giant slalom, but there is more than meets the eye. That's what we're here for.
As mentioned, Mancuso won the gold in the Giant Slalom at Torino in 2006. What brought her to that level of success, and what got her to Vancouver? Let's check it out:
On the surface, Mancuso would appear to be a snow bunny, but not so considering her offseason workouts. She has a unique way of preparing for competition.
Aside from blazing down the mountains and training in Hawaii, Mancuso has been a starlet behind the camera and a business entrepreneur. In 2010, she started her own lingerie line named "Kiss My Tiara."
Not only does Mancuso rock the mountain, she rolls on waves as well. She explains to ESPN just exactly how surfing helps her skiing and looks plenty fine doing it.
Mancuso has set the standard in the Giant Slalom—now she's using her other attributes to land modeling gigs. She was featured in a Rolling Stone layout shot in the snow.
I don't quite get the bear's head she's being shot with, but I guess that's why I'm not an artist.