Tahoe Olympic medalists Anderson and Mancuso swim with sharks – and cook

Skiing and snowboarding season is over, and Tahoe’s Olympic medalists Jamie Anderson and Julia Mancuso are in Hawaii.

Jamie, who won gold in the slope-style event in Sochi, and Julia, also a medal winner at Sochi and the most-decorated American female downhill skier, went for a swim with the sharks in Hawaii to “wind down,” as their Facebook page shows.

After that Julia told the L.A. Times: “I look forward to relaxing at home, and doing everyday stuff like cooking dinner. I also enjoy skiing like a normal person — not on a race course — and having fun with my friends at Squaw Valley. Two things? I love to cook, I collect shells, and I play the ukulele. That’s three!”

Tahoe ski racers Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong, Tim Jitloff and Stacey Cook were namong the 40 athletes nominated to the 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team.

Our current issue features an article “Why the Sierra and its foothill are world-class destination,” including our Truckee-Tahoe Olympians. The article is HERE.

Tahoe-Truckee athletes won more medals at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi than many sovereign nations—a boost for our outdoor lifestyle. Winners included David Wise, 23; Maddie Bowman, 20; Jamie Anderson, 20; and Julia Mancuso, 29.

In the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics, snowboarder Evan Strong of Nevada City, whose family owns the Fix for Foodies restaurant, won a gold medal. Evan is the first elite paralympic athlete featured on a Wheaties box.

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