Julia Mancuso Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 10) Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) produced a true champion performance Monday, becoming the first American skier in history to win a medal in three straight Olympic Winter Games with her bronze in a tricky super combined event at the Rosa Khutor alpine center.

Mancuso skied into the lead in the downhill portion and then ripped up the slalom that bumped nine skiers off course, finishing third behind gold winner Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and silver winner Nicole Hosp of Austria. Mancuso and the women will be back to take on downhill on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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Photo: Julia Mancuso wins bronze in super combined at Sochi (Facebook)