The Winter 2014 Sochi Olympics are now a memory and one of the most notable athletes from the games (not to mention, she’s also a top-notch Instagrammer), Julia Mancuso, took home her fourth Olympic medal (bronze) for Women’s Super-Combined Downhill skiing. She then hightailed it to New York for a quick sojourn before heading back on her tour. (The winter ski season is in high gear and cannot wait for a recuperating Olympian, folks!)
Luckily Fit Bottomed Girls was able to get an invite to her exclusive NYC event! (Yay us!)
Our luncheon meet-and-greet began with an amazing yoga session by our lovely instructor Kayleigh Pleas at Exhale Spa. I noticed that Julia (who now is the most decorated female Olympic skier in history) was very strong with excellent balance and moved quickly through all of her yoga poses. (Considering the woman had just flown in from Russia the night before — very impressive!)
ZICO coconut water sponsored our lunch and invited all of us attendees to try out Julia’s personal recipes for chocolate and natural dairy-free smoothies which featured ZICO as their base. (As I suspected, the chocolate flavor was the most popular.)
Julia turned out to be really sweet and down-to-earth as she noshed on the vegetarian lunch with the whole group of us. At her core, she’s just a kid who grew up in the mountains of Northern California and Nevada and loves to spend as much time as possible on skis. Her “New Agey” mom instilled in her the love of the outdoors and partaking in active sports.
Julia’s favorite workouts to keep in Alpine shape are super-tough core moves (such as balancing on a Bosu) mixed with high-intensity interval drills. When I asked what music gets her in the mood to compete, she said she likes to mix it up with hip hop (think Kanye and Jay-Z) along with rock chicks who inspire Julia to dig into her competitive athletic persona. (Lorde is a particular favorite right now.)
After lunch Julia brought out her bronze medal for all of us to “ooh” and “ahh” over. Just my luck — the moment I held it up to the camera for a quick photo, poof! The lights went out. Alas, I was not able to capture a close-up shot of the Sochi Winter Olympics medal, but know this — those things are darn heavy!
Have you ever tried Alpine skiing? What are your favorite winter sports? —Margo