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Max Mancini Makes a New Life

Max Mancini Makes a New Life

[ Thu, 2009-10-15 06:27 ]
Max Mancici, Rossignol
After tragedy, pro skier is helping kids through the ski hill

Two years ago, pro skier Max Mancini was making a name for himself as one of the raddest, baddest telemark skiers on the hill. He had appeared in a number of ski films, including our own Warren Miller's Higher Ground, Off the Grid, IMPACT and the new Dynasty and was known for challenging the limits of both himself and his skis. Sadly, in September 2007, Max endured deep tragedy when he and his girlfriend, Molly Jackson, were in a serious car accident. Molly, who was pregnant at the time, was killed, while Max was airlifted to a hospital in Denver, where he underwent extensive surgery to repair a shattered skull. Now that he's physically recovered from that accident, Max is making a name for himself as, well, just an awesome guy. He recently helped develop Rossignol's first-ever pro-level telemark ski, based on Rossi's hit S7; the Pro Model features the same Amptek rocker/camber profile as the S7. But what really makes it great is that Max is donating all of royalties from the Pro Model to The Children's Hospital in Denver. (Rossi itself is matching 20 percent of Max's donation.) He's also started Life Turns ski camps for children living with illness, taking kids out of hospitals and doctors' offices and treatment centers and onto the snow; the first batch of campers hit the hills last spring. ESPN published a profile of Max last week; don't read it without some Kleenex. And while you're online, head over to lifeturns.org and make a donation.

Max Mancici, Rossignol