Olympic Skier Julia Mancuso Went Surfing in Sochi

Johnny Dodd is a reporter and writer for PEOPLE, currently in Sochi covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. You can follow him on Twitter @Johnny_Dodd.

Off the slopes and looking for something to do, Team USA’s Julia Mancuso braved freezing waters for an unlikely Sochi surfing adventure.

“I never thought I’d be surfing in Russia,” she tells me.

Julia Mancuso: 5 Things to Know About the Olympic Skier

Olympic skier Julia Mancuso took the bronze in Monday’s super-combined event in Sochi, adding to the two silver medals she already has from the 2010 games in Vancouver and the gold from 2006 in Turin.

On Wednesday, she’s going for another medal in the ladies’ downhill.

As you cheer her on, here are five things to know about the 29-year-old champion.