Julia Mancuso is leaving the door more than open for a 2018 Winter Olympics run in PyeongChang.

The 29-year-old four-time medal winner said after failing to finish a giant slalom qualifying run on Tuesday that being in Sochi makes her want to compete again in four years.

"At the beginning of the season, I felt like there was no way I could come back," the American said. "But after coming here, and having that magical day, it makes me want to keep going."

That magical run was her bronze finish in the women's super-combined slalom.

"I still want gold," said Mancuso, who was born in Reno, Nev., and lives in nearby Squaw Valley, Calif. Mancuso won a gold in the 2006 Turin Games.

Mancuso said she's been inspired, in part, by fellow American skier Bode Miller.

"So who says what's a good age," Mancuso said. "You just have to go for it, and I love to ski, so we'll see."

— By Oskar Garcia — Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia


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