Julia Mancuso is a retired American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She was selected for the 2002 Winter Olympics at the age of 17, where she finished 13th in the combined event. Mancuso's World Cup results improved dramatically during the 2005 season, as she climbed to ninth place overall from 55th place in 2004.
At the 2005 World Championships, she won bronze medals in both the super-G and the giant slalom competitions. She took her first World Cup podium by finishing second in a super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2006. She won the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and was the silver medalist in both downhill and combined in 2010, and the bronze medalist in the combined in 2014. She has also won five medals (two silver and three bronze) at the World Championships and seven races in regular World Cup competition. As of 2021, her four Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier.
In her spare time, Mancuso enjoys participating in other sports like surfing or freeride skiing. In 2016, she appeared in the Redbull Media House movie "Shades of Winter. Between" starring alongside other extreme sport performers.