Friction Flares Between US Women Skiers

Julia Mancuso says media is too focused on Lindsey Vonn
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2010 8:17 PM CST
Julia Mancuso of the United States smiles as she is interviewed Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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(Newser) – Rumblings of discord have emerged between US skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. In an interview with, Mancuso said she and the rest of the alpine skiing team were tired of the media lust for the photogenic Vonn. "People are having a hard time reaching their potential because it's such a struggle for attention," she said. "You come to meetings after races and it's like it's a bad day if Lindsey didn't do well."

Vonn responded today that "it definitely has hurt me that she said some negative things," reports the Seattle Times. "All I can do is continue to support her like I always have been and hope that she reciprocates that." This won't help: When Mancuso took off on her slalom run today, she was on a first-place pace. Officials made her stop and start again—under deteriorating conditions—because Vonn had crashed ahead of her. She's now well behind the leaders.

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