Julia Mancuso began water skiing at the age of 2 but by age 8, she was racing on snow skis. She grew up skiing at Lake Tahoe and competed in her first World Cup when she was 15. Later, she would go on to win an Olympic gold medal in giant slalom in 2006, becoming the first American woman in eight years to win a gold medal in an alpine event. As a result of her determination and hard work, Mancuso won two silver medals at the 2010 Olympics in the downhill and combined and a bronze medal in the downhill in the 2014 Games. With these achievements, she became the first American skier to win medals in three straight Olympics and is the most decorated US female Olympic skier in history.
Mancuso always knew she would win a gold medal. As a young child, she drew a picture of herself competing and winning in the Olympics. She grew up skiing in Olympic Valley, CA after all.