KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Norman Vincent Peale, the power of positive thinking guy, has nothing on Julia Mancuso. Tony Robbins, the self-help guru? Julia could teach him a thing or two.
“As you know,” she was saying Monday, “ it has been a tough season for me,” and that was a gentle understatement, her finishes looking too often like she was trying out NFL running back jerseys: 27-20-29-26-21. This was before she decided around Christmas time to take a break and get focused on what matters, what has always mattered to Julia, the Olympic Games.
Has there ever, in the history of American skiing, been a better big-game skier than Julia Mancuso?
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