Olympics: Vonn Vs. Mancuso


Okay, so Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso are ostensibly rivals. But it's a fairly friendly rivalry, although the friendship has waned somewhat over the years, The New York Times reports. The two used to be tight during their days as junior skiers ranking among the best in the world–they did sleepovers and joint vacations.

But now, Vonn is married and spends her summers doing six to eight hours of workouts a day, while Mancuso has a fondness for Guitar Hero and spends her summers in Hawaii. They don't see as much of each other as they used to, either. Perhaps their biggest divide: Mancuso has Olympic gold, from the 2006 Turin Games, and Vonn doesn't. Maybe that's why she's been putting all that time into her offseason workouts. 

“Theyhave always been like Iceman and Maverick from Top Gun,” Sarah Schleper, also of the U.S. Ski team,said. “Julia is natural and Lindsey is more textbook. But I thinkhaving each other has always been the key to each of their successes.They drove and pushed off each other every step of the way.”

For more on Vonn and Mancuso, check out our features on each.

–Aileen Torres