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UPDATE: World Cup Athletes Raise Money for Haiti

UPDATE: World Cup Athletes Raise Money for Haiti

[ Thu, 2010-02-11 12:34 ]
Skiiers autograph bibs in Cortina, Italy
Skiers auction race bibs to raise money for Haiti relief efforts

UPDATE:

The results are in: The alpine athlete race bib auctions raised more than $90,000 for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. Hahnenkamm winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland was the top-earner; his bib sold for $16,209. Newly named 2010 World Cup super G champion Lindsey Vonn claimed the top spot for the women, raising just over $4,000. Julia Mancuso, who spearheaded the project for the women's World Cup tour, reported that half of the bibs where purchased by fans from the United States with all the proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Congrats to the athletes and auction winners!

ORIGINAL POST:

With a month packed full of World Cup races and training for next month's Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, the stars of the ski world are busy. Not too busy, though, to join in the relief effort to help rebuild Haiti after the country's devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. 

To raise money for the cause, World Cup athletes are auctioning their autographed race bibs from Kitzbuehel, Austria and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy on the online auction site ebay. Cortina's Super G winner, Lindsay Vonn, has drawn the highest bid so far for the women, with bidding on her bib already up to $1,150. Bode Miller leads the men with bidding up to more than $2,000 on his bib from Kitzbuehel. Team member Ted Ligety's bib has raised almost $1,000 so far.

"This is such a huge disaster and it just seems right to do something," said 2006 Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who spearheaded the auction on the women's side and whose bib has raised $405. "I've realized that little things can make a big difference. We're living our dream and inspiring others to do the best that they can. So having a bib in a lot of ways is getting a piece of the excitement."

"When you're racing, you feel like there are so many things that you can control," said Vonn. "But really, there's so much in the world you can't control and unfortunately those things affect a lot of people. It's important for everyone to do what they can and I hope our little bit helps."

The auctions end Saturday morning, so bid soon and often to help the people of Haiti and grab a piece of World Cup glory in the process! (AUCTION NOW CLOSED)

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