Friday, February 19, 2010
USA WOMEN OLYMPIANS
Women's Giant Slalom
Reigning queen of Alpine
Vonn has already surpassed her childhood heroine's career performance on several levels. Vonn's two overall World Cup titles (2008, 2009), two world championship titles (downhill, super-G) in 2009 and 25 World Cup victories heading into the Olympic season are tops all-time among all U.S. female Alpine skiers. She also became the first U.S. skier since Phil Mahre in 1983 to win the Skieur d'Or (Golden Skier) award as the skier of the year, male or female. What is astonishing is that she remains practically unknown in the United States. Already a huge celebrity in most of Europe, her casual charm, media-friendliness and attractive appearance add to what could be a meteoric rise to notoriety and stardom in the U.S. in the coming months and years. LINDSEY HAS WON A GOLD MEDAL IN THIS OLYMPIC GAMES SO FAR.
Women's Giant Slalom
At the 2006 Games, Mancuso caught the attention of fans when she wore a tiara on her ski helmet for the slalom portion of the women's combined event. What started out as a gag gift from her coach became a good luck charm that she always took out with her on the course, for all to see. She did not don the tiara for the giant slalom - which she won - but wore it at the medal ceremony that evening, providing images of a ski queen with her gold. Today, the tiara - or any extraneous objects -- is not allowed, so she has one painted on her helmet. The original tiara, she keeps at home. "It's very valuable," she says. "I'm keeping it as a good luck charm and bringing it to Vancouver." Other lucky charms include a blanket "that she takes everywhere", her charm pouch with good energy crystals and random stones and shells from beaches she has been to.
When Mancuso returned to Squaw Valley after the Games, her hometown welcomed her with a celebration, presented her with a lifetime ski pass and named a run, Julia's Gold, at the resort after her. Three years later, she recalled the good feeling she gained from the scene: "It was really cool. You just feel so much support from your community. I go to the Olympics not just for me, but mostly for everyone else, to be able to bring smiles and motivation to everyone else." JULIA HAS WON TWO SILVER MEDALS IN THIS OLYMPIC GAMES SO FAR.
Four years ago, Hannah Kearney entered the Torino Games as the reigning world champion in women's moguls, but after a disappointing 22nd-place finish and two subsequent seasons stalled by injury, the Vermont native comes to Vancouver seeking redemption... Winner of the World Cup moguls title in 2008-09, Kearney is making her second Olympic appearance in 2010. HANNAH HAS WON A GOLD MEDAL IN THIS OLYMPIC GAMES SO FAR.
At the 2006 Games in Torino, Vermont native Hannah Teter, then 19 years old, won gold in women's halfpipe... And in the wake of that victory, she proceeded to launch an endeavor far beyond her years... Through her charity, Hannah's Gold, all of her prize money from snowboarding events and proceeds from maple syrup sales go toward supporting an impoverished village in Kenya. HANNAH HAS WON A SILVER MEDAL AT THIS OLYMPIC GAMES SO FAR.
1998 Olympic gold medalist, 2002 silver medalist and 2006 bronze medalist... Defenseman has the record for most games played for the U.S. national team, playing in more than 200 games for Team USA since 1997... Played four years at Harvard and finished with 234 points... Is working toward her master's degree in sports management... Plans to retire from the national team after Vancouver. USA WOMEN'S TEAM TOOK THE BRONZE MEDAL!
Women's Team Pursuit
Competing in her fourth Olympics in Vancouver... Six-time U.S. allround champion... Married Doug Norman in September 2008... Lives in the mountains outside Salt Lake City, with the house accessible only by snowmobile in the winter... Trained in Calgary until 2006 when foreign athletes were prohibited from training in Canada.
KATHY STEMKE'S WEBSITES:
Moving Through all Seven Days link:http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/moving-through-all-seven-days/7386965#http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html