Monday, February 19, 2018
Sports

Julia Mancuso gets super-combined bronze for U.S.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — For years, Julia Mancuso's skiing accomplishments — and there are many — have been overshadowed by Lindsey Vonn's.

When it comes to Olympic Alpine events, though, no American woman comes close to Mancuso.

Turning in a terrific run to lead after the downhill, then recovering from a rattling start in the slalom, Mancuso earned the bronze medal in the super-combined Monday for her fourth medal at an Olympics.

Mancuso, 30 next month, already was the only U.S. female Alpine racer with more than two medals, the total of Vonn and Picabo Street. She also became the third U.S. Winter Olympian to get an individual medal in three straight Games, following long-track speed skater Bonnie Blair and short-track skater Apolo Anton Ohno. Her four career medals are tied for second by an American women in any Winter Games sport, behind Blair's six.

"Skiing and growing up with someone like (Vonn), who's just amazing on the World Cup and breaking records left and right there — to have something that I can break records in at the same time is also fun and exciting for me," said Mancuso, whose two-run time of 2 minutes, 35.15 seconds was 0.53 slower than champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. Austria's Nicole Hosp was second.

"If I can keep the Olympics as my thing, that's fine, and I'm really proud of it," Mancuso said.

It showed Monday. She punched the air and screamed for joy after the slalom, did a jig on her step of the podium during the flower ceremony, then ran around with a U.S. flag, hugging family members.

Mancuso won the giant slalom gold in 2006, then silvers in the super-combined and downhill in 2010. She can increase her total over the next two weeks, starting with Wednesday's downhill.

Mancuso was asked what's different about her when she's in an Olympic start hut.

"I feel more nervous. It's not nerves of failure, it's just nerves," she said. "There's just a lot of emotion and knowing that, 'This is my chance. This is my shot.' "

In 2010, Vonn edged Mancuso in the downhill and added a bronze in the super-G. But after a year of injuries and knee surgery, she is commentating for NBC this time instead of competing.

While Vonn's resume includes 59 World Cup victories and four overall titles, Mancuso has seven Cup wins in 15 years. She has really struggled this season, never finishing better than seventh. She had problems figuring which boots to use. In December, she took time off to gather herself with an eye to the Olympics.

"It was like pressing the reset button for her, and it has worked," said Chris Knight, Mancuso's personal coach.

After Mancuso's downhill gave her a nearly half-second lead on the field, she faced a steep slalom course. Mancuso had raced 15 slaloms since the 2010 Games. Her best finish was 20th.

At the starting gate, Mancuso told herself to stay calm.

"And I skied my heart out," she said. "Knowing in my heart that I can do it was kind of like crossing the finish line and say … believing in yourself really works."

Comments
Kevin Kiermaier sounds off on Rays’ weekend moves: ‘I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset’

Kevin Kiermaier sounds off on Rays’ weekend moves: ‘I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset’

Standout CF Kevin Kiermaier made very clear Monday what he thought of the Rays' weekend decisions to part ways with veteran OF/DH Corey Dickerson and RHP Jake Odorizzi:"I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset with the moves. No beating around the ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.The Black Eyed Peas singer's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particular...
Updated: 1 hour ago
U.S. women’s hockey team back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

U.S. women’s hockey team back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans played their way back into the only women’s hockey game that matters: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal. The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Goodbye, Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Goodbye, Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson

The Rays continue their salary dump as they trade Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for a Single-A shortstop and designate All-Star Corey Dickerson for assignment, saving about $10 million in the process.In his latest podcast, Rick Stroud breaks down the mo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
As Odorizzi bids goodbye to Rays, Archer says he’ll be missed many ways

As Odorizzi bids goodbye to Rays, Archer says he’ll be missed many ways

RHP Jake Odorizzi was up early Sunday, driving over to the Rays training complex in Port Charlotte to pack his stuff and say his goodbyes after being traded Saturday night to the Twins.RELATED: Rays make a deal, three actually, to trade Odorizzi, DFA...
Updated: 4 hours ago
On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

TAMPA — Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart says he’s ready to put his checkbook where his heart is when it comes to supporting a Tampa Bay Rays move to Ybor City.So is the investment fund for the founding family of Ashley Furniture. So, it ap...
Updated: 5 hours ago
LeBron James leads squad to All-Star victory

LeBron James leads squad to All-Star victory

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game.James scored 29 and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertai...
Updated: 12 hours ago
History in sight, Aric Almirola’s heart broken at Daytona 500

History in sight, Aric Almirola’s heart broken at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH — Early Sunday evening, Aric Almirola walked from the infield care center and back to the garage area at Daytona International Speedway. His day was done, and with it a dream, the biggest you can have. He was released when medical...
Updated: 12 hours ago
What were Rays thinking in ditching Odorizzi, Dickerson, adding Cron?

What were Rays thinking in ditching Odorizzi, Dickerson, adding Cron?

PORT CHARLOTTE – Rays officials insisted Sunday they made the best deals they could in a bad market, trading No. 2 starter Jake Odorizzi for an unheralded Class A shortstop prospect and DFA-ing 2017 All-Star Corey Dickerson in essentially a swa...
Published: 02/18/18
Bubba Wallace emotional after Daytona 500 runner-up finish

Bubba Wallace emotional after Daytona 500 runner-up finish

DAYTONA BEACH – No, Bubba Wallace did not win the 60th running of the Daytona 500.But you wouldn't have known that after seeing his emotions after he placed second – the highest finish ever by a black driver in the Great American Race.Wal...
Published: 02/18/18