February 24, 2010 |
The weather report does not look promising -- snow, rain, slush, fog -- for the running of the women's giant slalom Wednesday, leading some to muse: How could Julia Mancuso get so lucky? She's already had a charmed Olympics -- winning two unexpected silver medals -- and could now benefit from the kind of whiteout that helped her win the GS gold four years ago in Italy. A lot of people don't remember that Mancuso won at Turin because she captured it in almost Donner Party conditions.
February 19, 2010 |
The most accomplished American skier in Olympic history -- the girl with gold already tucked in her pocket -- won another medal Thursday. Her name: Julia Mancuso. The day after a busload of drop-in history assessors returned to Vancouver's media compound after justifiably praising Lindsey Vonn after her dramatic win in downhill, Mancuso sent out a mountain memo suggesting the story isn't over yet. Mancuso, who finished behind Vonn in the downhill, claimed a surprising -- shocking, some might say -- silver medal in the women's super combined.
February 25, 2010 |
It seemed fitting the daytime serial that played out Wednesday between gold-medal-winning American rivals Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso would have to be continued until . . . Thursday. These are, after all, the days of their lives. Skiing bib-to-bib in the Olympic giant slalom, Vonn at No. 17 and Mancuso at No. 18, Vonn crashed while flying back-first into a retaining fence, broke her right pinkie finger, and it might have cost Mancuso the chance to defend her GS gold medal.
November 2, 1986 |
ADVENTURES WITH JULIA by Candace Denning (North Point: $13.95; 160 pp.). "Adventures With Julia" is the story of a woman's relentlessly awful inner life, broken only by her mostly vapid outer life. The title, needless to say, is ironic. Julia is 36, a pianist without work, married to a lawyer, well-off, attractive. She lives in a city near enough to New York to go there by train, although the city is never described. Nothing much is described or located.
January 1, 2010 |
In the title role of Adrián Biniez's quietly engaging "Gigante," Horacio Camandule's Jara is pretty gigantic: a nice-looking, massive guy whose solid build is marred by too much belly for even his large frame. He's a shy, 35-year-old security guard who works a night shift monitoring the surveillance cameras of a vast supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. Through one of his cameras, he spots Julia (Leonor Svarcas), a pretty young cleaning woman. It's an instance of virtual love at first sight, but Jara doesn't know what to do with his feelings.
July 23, 2000 |
The honeymoon is over for Darrell Hussman. The former Quartz Hill High right-hander married his college sweetheart, Julia, in January. They celebrated with a trip to Hawaii but have seen each other very little since. "In the last 14 weeks, I've seen her a total of three days and eight hours," he said. Soon after their return from Hawaii, Hussman packed up and left their Tucson apartment for spring training in Florida. Then it was off to Billings, Mont.