Julia Mancuso discusses her current racing season, her relationship with Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal, and whether little sister Sara will be competing in 2014. To listen to the extended interview click here, or subscribe to our iTunes podcasts.
How do you stay competitive during the season?
I believe in myself, focus on making the right turns, and then let the competition do what they do. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I put on my free-skis, cruise around, and remember why my job is so awesome. You go, “Wait a minute, I’m staying at a five-star hotel for free and skiing the most amazing spots in the world.”
Still traveling in an RV with bunkbeds and tie-dyed sarongs on the wall?
I still have the tie-dyed sarongs but I’ve downsized to a VW California. I’m driving, cooking, and hanging out in there. It’s got a fridge, propane cooker, and seat that moves into a bed. There’s also a pop-top so you can sleep up there when it’s warmer.
Any truth to the rumor you’re engaged to gold medal skier Aksel Lund Svindal?