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Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso

Congrats to Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso for getting gold and silver (respectively) in Women’s Downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver!

These ladies may stir up controversies off the slopes with their rivalry, but that fierce competition may have been the cause of their podium standings. This rivalry forced Lindsey and Julia to reach higher than if they had been competing against other women, no matter how stellar they were.  I mean, nothing can get you screaming down an ice-covered race course faster than the chance to beat your biggest rival (besides perhaps a tiger on skis.)

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

While I’m super bummed for Julia for missing getting the first American gold in women’s downhill, I’m happy for Lindsey and how the sport will progress from here. Skis are only going to get more tuned to each race course’s specifications, courses are only going to get steeper and scarier, and athletes are only going to start training harder.

Now if only women’s snowboarding could get to the point where women’s ski racing is at – equal (and perhaps better) than the guys.

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