Olympic Valley resident by way of the surf and sand of Maui, Julia Mancuso captured her third GS (giant slalom) title of her career at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Alyeska, Alaska. Mancuso, an accomplished surfer in her own right, brings to mind the coded signal of the American Revolution, "One if by land, two if by sea." She’ll kill you either way.
Monday marked Julia’s 10th U.S. Championship. She also captured the combined title with her second in downhill and third in slalom. Pretty great stuff to accomplish, even while battling the flu bug.
"I’m pretty tired, but it feels good to be on podium," said Mancuso. "U.S. champs is such a great event to come to because it’s always a lot of fun to see everyone and there isn’t too much pressure."
Megan McJames of Park City stood on her first U.S. Nationals podium and Keely Kelleher of Big Sky finished third. Sarah Schleper was leading after the first run, but hooked a tip and fell hard on her second run.