U.S. skier Julia Mancuso surfs in the Black Sea

Last month, star alpine skier Julia Mancuso told CBS News that she trains by surfing in Hawaii during the offseason.

So it should be no surprise that, with her competition finished, Mancuso decided to grab some waves in Russia. With the temperatures in Sochi balmy once again on Wednesday, Mancuso did some surfing in the Black Sea.

The American, who won bronze in the women's super combined in Sochi last week, got some help from NBC reporter Sal Masekela to locate a local man who builds surf boards by hand in his garage. He also had a spare wetsuit, and that's all Mancuso, who lives in Squaw Valley, needed to indulge in one of her favorite pastimes. Masekela tweeted a photo of them post-surf:

 "There are real waves in Sochi," Mancuso said with a laugh.

Perhaps sensing that none of her friends and family back home would believe that she could actually surf in Russia in February, Mancuso used a handheld camera to film some of her ride. After getting a decent amount of footage, she put the camera away and got down to business.

 "It's distracting to try and film at the same time," said Mancuso, who won bronze in the super combined and finished eighth in her two other events. "I wanted to enjoy the waves."

Mancuso posted some images of her excursion on her Facebook page.

Mancuso loves the water. Every spring, while many skiers are taking a break at home, she can be found on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Mancuso surfs, lift weights, stand-up paddles and does sprints -- underwater.


"It feels so good on your body," she told CBS News. "Getting into underwater training has helped a lot with mental training… you have to really know your limits and then believe you can push yourself to that limit."