Mancuso doesn't buckle under the pressure

Updated: February 24, 2006, 3:41 PM ET
By Carrie Sheinberg | Special to ESPN.com

SESTRIERE, Italy -- Back in California, inside the Squaw Valley Ski Team clubhouse, a child's crude image of a single stick-figure ski racer has been hanging on the wall since Julia Mancuso drew her self-portrait with a Magic Marker when she was 8 years old.

Here in Sestriere, on Friday, when Mancuso, now 21, placed one pole at a time over the start wand at the top of the Olympic giant slalom course, she could not have been further away from Squaw Valley, and the pressure could not have ...

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