Last October while I was based in Maui I got an unusual assignment: to photograph an Olympic Skier. Since there’s not much snow in Hawaii, I was very curious about why an alpine skier would choose to train in a tropical climate. US Weekly publishes a Collector’s Edition for the Olympics and Julia Mancuso was to be included. You can find the special issue on the newsstands now. Ms. Mancuso is the most decorated female American alpine skier so needless to say, I was eager to work with this legendary athlete. After all, she is one to watch in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. We met at her home on the windward side of the island and I was immediately impressed. She was warm, welcoming and up for anything we suggested. She was comfortable in front of the camera and we got a lot of good material as a result. Seeing her with her father, Ciro, was also very sweet – a truly genuine moment of a proud father and loving daughter. I’ll post more pictures on my stock photo site later, but here is the magazine spread and a couple of behind the scenes shots from our shoot on the island. Mahalo and a hui ho!