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

(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.

Julia Mancuso of the United States smiles as she is interviewed Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Julia Mancuso of the United States reacts after finishing her first run of the giant slalom. She had to start twice because of Vonn's injury.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Lindsey Vonn of the United States smiles as she stands in the finish area after the first run of the giant slalom. She crashed and was eliminated.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Lindsey Vonn, right, shows the gold medal she won in the downhill, flanked by silver medalist Julia Mancuso.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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