Nevada Sports Net's G.O.A.T bracket challenge will unveil the greatest sports figure in Northern Nevada's history piece by piece over the next several weeks. Here is a description of the entire project, which is an NCAA Tournament-style bracket of the 64 greatest athletes and coaches from Northern Nevada. Readers will get to vote on one matchup every day with a 24-hour voting period until we crown a champion. You can vote on today's matchup on the Twitter poll linked at the bottom of this article.
Round of 32 matchup: No. 3 Julia Mancuso vs. No. 6 Brianne McGowan
Julia Mancuso's bio: Born in Reno, Mancuso grew up in Lake Tahoe skiing out of Squaw Valley before graduating from The Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah. ... Mancuso made her World Cup debut at the age of 15 and scored her first World Cup points as a 16-year-old. ... She won a record eight medals, including five golds, in the Junior World Championships. ... Mancuso made the U.S.'s 2002 Winter Olympics team at age 17, finishing 13th in the combined. ... She competed in four Olympics and won four medals, the most of any American alpine skier. ... Mancuso won gold in the slalom in the 2006 Turin Games; two silvers in the 2010 Vancouver Games (downhill and combined); and bronze in the combined in the 2014 Sochi Games. ... Mancuso also is a five-time medalist in the World Championships, including two silver medals and three bronze medals. ... She competed on the World Cup circuit for 14 seasons and won seven events while earning 36 podium finishes. ... Mancuso has served as a mentor for a number of up-and-coming skiers in the Tahoe area and runs a performance center gym in Truckee. ... She retired in 2018 at age 33 as one of the most decorated Winter Olympians in U.S. history.
Brianne McGowan's bio: Born and raised in Reno, McGowan is of the best high school softball players ever. ... Playing for Wooster High, she finished her career as Nevada's all-time leader in wins (94), no-hitters (24), perfect games (13), shutouts (73) and strikeouts (1,318). Also a standout hitter, she led the Colts to large-class state championships in all four of her seasons on campus. ... McGowan was all-league in volleyball (she’s Wooster all-time leader in kills and digs) and basketball (her 41 points in a single game ranked second in Nevada large-class history at the time). ... She was the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year in softball and basketball. ... McGowan played her college ball for Oregon State from 2004-07 and was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore in 2005 while leading the Beavers to its first College World Series appearance as a junior in 2006. ... McGowan was a three-time first-team Pac-10 honoree and a first-team All-American in 2005 and third-team All-American in 2006. ... Her name appears 49 times throughout the OSU record book, as she holds records for wins in a single season (36), career wins (100), strikeouts in a game (16), strikeouts in a season (346), strikeouts in a career (852), career saves (13), single-season innings pitched (299.2), single-season complete games (34), single-season shutouts (12) and career shutouts (36), . ... She ranks tied for fifth all-time at OSU in career home runs (35) and is third in career runs batted in (134). ... She led Oregon State to its only Pac-10 title (in 2005) and to a 28-game winning streak in 2006. ... McGowan won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2007 World University Games and was a member of the 2004 USA Junior Olympic team. ... Since retiring, McGowan has been an assistant coach at Oregon State, Boise State and most recently Nevada, where she has served as the team's pitching coach since 2010. ... McGowan was inducted into the NIAA's Hall of Fame in 2018.
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