Olympic skier, verified hottie, and genuine badass Julia Mancuso has officially won more combined medals than any other female American alpine skier in Olympics history. Learn all about her historic win — and find out what she told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about what’s next — below!
We already knew that 29-year-old Julia Mancuso was a force to be reckoned with, but on Feb. 10 the alpine ski racer took things a step further when she became the most medaled female skier in U.S. Olympic history. Can I get a “you go, girl?”
Julia Mancuso: Sexy Olympic Skier Wins Bronze & Breaks Record
Before we get to the sexy part, let’s be fair and talk about Julia’s remarkable accomplishments. She’s only 29-years-old, she’s been to (and kicked ass in) three winter Olympic games, and if she medals in Wednesday’s downhill event, she’ll tie Olympic legend Bode Miller’s record for most U.S. Olympic medals in skiing. Not. Too. Shabby.
On Feb. 10, Julia took the bronze in the women’s super combined event, placing behind reigning champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Austria’s Nicole Hosp. Bronze isn’t exactly gold, but for a woman who has already won gold in the giant slalom (Turin), as well as silver in downhill and combined (Vancouver), it’s pretty damn impressive. (Actually, scratch that. It’s impressive for everyone.)
“It’s actually kind of a joke,” Julia told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY when asked about the perks of her big win. “But the very set thing is that I get a lifetime cookie pass! We have this really small cookie shop where I grew up, and there is a sign on the menu that says if you have a gold medal you get a lifetime cookie pass. If you get a silver you get 50 free cookies on a punch card, and if you get a bronze then its better luck next time!”
Julia also told HollywoodLife.com the secret behind her astronomical success.
“[Competing is] not really scary,” she said. “We train, but you sometimes don’t know what the course is going to be like and feel like. It’s just making sure what you’re going to exactly do that is important. So it’s best to trust what’s in your memory and go for it. It’s not [about] fear, it’s more about letting everything go and trusting that all will go well.”
This attitude will serve Julia well if she decides to go with what we think should be her next venture — Dancing With The Stars!
“I don’t know [about Dancing],” Julia told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I love to dance, but I have never been a ballroom dancer. We’ll see!”
Are you hearing this, ABC?
Julia and her partnership with ZICO Coconut Water, also the Official Coconut Water of the Olympic Games, have joined forces in a sweepstakes to send one lucky winner and a friend to Lake Tahoe to meet Julia after the games from March 21st-23rd. Thanks to ZICO for setting up the interview.
Julia Mancuso Is Pretty Hot
Of course, this being Julia Mancuso, we also just have to mention her inherent hotness. Even if she doesn’t tie Bode’s record on Feb. 12, at least she’ll have this gallery of her sexiest moments, right?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you excited about Julia’s win? Do you think she has what it takes to match Bode Miller’s record of five career Olympic medals?
— Shaunna Murphy; Reporting By Russ Weakland