American skier Julia Mancuso did not finish (DNF) in the women’s giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics. It was her last event of the games.
That’s a wrap for me here in Sochi. It’s been inspiring! Thanks for all the support and Love! #GoUSA!!! Now I get to celebrate my Bronze!!!
— Julia Mancuso (@JuliaMancuso) February 18, 2014
She won the bronze medal in the super combined, but has not skied well since. The conditions were rough at the giant slalom, which could be a contributing factor. The fog was thick and heavy and the rain turned the snow to slush.
Mancuso skied out fewer than 10 gates from the end of the GS, bothered in part by tough visibility after splashing water from a puddle onto her goggles.
“I couldn’t see much. … I was just thinking, ‘OK, now I’ve got to just go with feeling,'” Mancuso said.
She owns the gold in the giant slalom in 2006 and two silvers in 2010. She is the first woman to win more than two Alpine medals. Mancuso thought the 2014 Olympics would be her last since the highest placement she received was seventh in 18 World Cup races. But her bronze and Bode Miller winning a medal at the age of 36-years-old inspired her.
“I learned, especially from the super-G, that it’s the Olympics and you have to go for it,” she said Tuesday. “And definitely with the snow surface not being consistent and you can’t really see it, it’s hard with timing. And I was just losing my timing a few times. … That’s the only bummer when the snow’s like this. You really have to be precise. You can’t get out of body position, otherwise it really gets the best of you.”