Tahoe Top Five: In spirit of Squaw World Cup, here’s a closer look at some of Tahoe’s best-ever female winter athletes | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Top Five: In spirit of Squaw World Cup, here’s a closer look at some of Tahoe’s best-ever female winter athletes

Draped in an American flag, Squaw Valley's Julia Mancuso was all smiles after winning bronze in the super-combined in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Editor’s note

“Tahoe Top Five” is a weekly feature from the Sierra Sun. Each Friday, we feature a list spanning topics such as dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation, health & wellness and more, all focused on the unique nature of the Tahoe-Truckee lifestyle. Have an idea for a future Tahoe Top Five? Email Reporter Cassandra Walker at cwalker@sierrasun.com.


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TAHOE-TRUCKEE — The Audi FIS World Cup women’s slalom and giant slalom races will take place Friday and Saturday at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and because of that, we’ve been inspired to highlight some of the best home-grown women athletes in snow sports.

Below are the top 5 ladies of winter hailing from both Truckee and the North and South shores who are still getting after it, crushing competitions and being wonderful role models to the next wave of strong women athletes.

Don’t miss out on the World Cup festivities this weekend, and in the meantime, read up on some other phenomenal females who hail from here and are still ripping it up on the slopes.

1. Julia Mancuso

Discipline: Alpine ski racing

Honors: 4-time Olympic medalist (1 gold in 2006, 2 silvers in 2010, 1 bronze in 2014); five-time World Championship winner.

Hometown: Squaw Valley, CA

Birthday: 03/09/1984

Fun Fact: Julia Mancuso is the most successful American woman in Olympic alpine skiing history — her four Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American — and the only American woman to earn one of each Olympic medal.

2. Stacey Cook

Discipline: Alpine ski racing

Honors: This three-time Olympian finished 4th in the World Cup Downhill in 2013. She competed in her first Winter Olympics in 2006, when she earned 19th in Downhill and 23rd in Giant Slalom.

Hometown: Truckee, CA

Birthday: 07/03/1984

Fun Fact: Stacey Cook (2nd), along with Lindsay Vonn (1st) and Julia Mancuso (3rd) secured the first-ever American podium sweep in 2015 during the Lake Louise Downhill.

3. Jamie Anderson

Discipline: Snowboarding

Honors: Gold Medalist, Women’s Slopestyle, 2014 Winter Olympics; 11 X Games medals (4 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze).

Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Birthday: 09/13/1990

Fun Fact: Jamie is the most decorated rider in X Games Slopestyle history and is also a spiritual person who loves yoga, chanting and leading a green lifestyle.

4. Maddie Bowman

Discipline: Freestyle skiing

Honors: Gold Medalist, Women’s Halfpipe, 2014 Winter Olympics; 7 X Games medals (including 4 gold)

Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Birthday: 01/10/1994

Fun Fact: Maddie Bowman won the first Olympic gold medal in women’s halfpipe skiing and is one of the most decorated female freeskiers in history.

5. Elena Hight

Discipline: Snowboarding

Honors: Five-time X Games medalist (3 silver, 2 bronze)

Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Birthday: 08/17/1989

Fun Fact: Elena Hight was the first woman to land a double cork, double alley-oop, backside rodeo in 2012, and the first snowboarder, male or female, to throw that trick in competition.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

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