SOCHI, Russia -- Skier Julia Mancuso lets in the scale, the glitz, the high stakes and high emotion of the Olympics. She knows the expectations are high and embraces it. She even packs a tiara for podium.
The formula seems to work.
The early part of the World Cup season was a bit of a bust for Mancuso, who said she hit reset over the holidays. Monday in the super combined, as usual, she skied her best when it mattered most.
She led after the downhill portion of the super combined event Monday morning and did enough during the afternoon slalom run to win a bronze medal, third behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Austria's Nicole Hosp.
Mancuso now has four Olympic medals -- one gold, two silver and one bronze. The bronze put her in the company of Bonnie Blair and Apolo Ohno as the only U.S. winter athletes to collect medals of every color.
Bonnie Ford contributed to this story.