A day after Bode Miller failed to medal, Julia Mancuso captured the U.S.' first alpine ski medal of the Sochi Olympics Monday with a surprising third place finish in the super combined.
The bronze is the fourth Olympic medal of Mancuso's career, following a gold in Torino and two silvers, including one in the super combined, in Vancouver. No other American female skier has more than two. She is the first U.S. skier to medal at three Olympics.
Proving yet again to be a big-event skier, Mancuso crushed the downhill portion of the event and held on in the slalom to make the podium in 2:35.15. Mancuso had not skied a full slalom in a year, had not made the podium in the super combined since she won the silver in Vancouver and has not won a World Cup race in almost two years.
History was made when Canada's Alex Bilodeau became the first person to repeat as champion in a freestyle skiing event with a 26.31-winning run in the men's moguls. Compatriot and world champion Mikael Kingsbury was second (24.71) and Russia's Alexandr Smyshlyaev was third (24.34).