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Julia Mancuso is having an amazing time in Sochi! She won the bronze in Monday’s super-combined event in the Olympics. Today, Julia’s going for a second medal in ladies’ downhill. This is in addition to the TWO silver medals from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and the gold medal Julia won in Turin in 2006. People has five fun facts about Julia.
- She Does Pilates in Ski Boots : “I spend 7 hours in the Pilates studio with a trainer that makes me put my ski boots on. It’s called neurokinetic Pilates, but we get in the ski position and do stuff – ski moves to get the right muscles to fire.”
- She Has an Underwear Line (called Kiss My Tiara): “When you’re on the ski hill, there’s not a lot of things that are not technical, but your underwear can be whatever you want it to be, and you’re the only person [who] really knows what it is unless you choose to share. So, it was just since I had lucky underwear, it kind of felt like my calling.”
- She Doesn’t Like Carbs: The night before an event, Mancuso doesn’t carb-load. “It’s a lot of protein and vegetables and not a lot of carbs. Naturally, I don’t really like pasta. I like pasta when I’m in Italy.”
- She Thinks Speeding Downhill at 60 to 70 m.p.h. in a Race Feels Slow: “Well, I think in competition when you’re racing you’re so focused. I visualize so many times and it feels slow, so it’s the opposite of what you would think. You’re going so fast but you know exactly what’s going to happen and so when you’re going 60 or 70 it really just feels like everything’s kind of slowed down and … it’s like a high-speed camera, you know, more frames per second.”
- She Travels with 40 Pairs of Skis: “Typically in summer training I’ll have probably 40 pairs of skis,” she says, adding that it’s similar when traveling to the Olympics. But Mancuso doesn’t have to foot the bill for her custom-made equipment. “Skis and boots I guess if you had to buy it would be like about $1,000 a ski, plus whatever, so a lot of money. Well, you can’t buy those skis, they’re special made.”
Good luck, Julia! Hopefully she’ll add another medal to her collection in the ladies downhill.
Photos by NBC Olympics/ USOC