Skiers benefit Haiti as 75 percent of the capital needs rebuilding

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 28, 2010 4:46 pm

A few days ago, we let you all know that some great skiers like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Askel Lund Svindal and others are auctioning off their race bibs for relief in Haiti. Here’s the status on that, from Red Bull:

“The bib Lindsey Vonn wore as she tied Croatia’s Janica Kostelic as the eighth most successful female World Cup skier of all time has broken the $1,000 barrier in an auction to aid the people of Haiti.

Vonn, who was recently named the USOC Female Athlete of the Year, followed up her victory in the Super-G at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy last Friday by making it five wins out of five in the World Cup downhill season, recording her 30th career win.

The 25-year-old’s bib has so far fetched the highest bid of those put up for auctions by the female competitors in Italy last weekend. You can make your bid for Lindsey’s bib on eBay up until Friday.

The asking price of the bib of Vonn’s Red Bull stablemate and reigning men’s world champion Aksel Lund Svindal has topped the $2,200 mark, while Erik Guay’s comes in at a more modest $355.

Svindal came up with the idea to raise lots of money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake with Liechtenstein’s Marco Buechel at last weekend’s Hahnenkamm Downhill at Kitzbühel, Austria. Event winner Didier Cuche leads the way with bids topping $15,500.

The men’s auction is on the German version of eBay where they can be found by entering keywords such as ‘Hahnenkamm’, ‘Haiti’, ‘Kitzbuhel’, ‘Startnummer’, ‘World Cup’ and ‘Charity’.

The women’s bibs are on the U.S. version and can be found by searching for Cortina BIB to benefit Haiti.”

It’s great to see so many reaching out and helping the earthquake-devastated Haiti. The Associated Press just released some press saying the ravaged capital, Port-Au-Prince is considered 75% destroyed:
“More than 75 percent of Haiti’s capital will have to be rebuilt, after the devastating earthquake that leveled swathes of the city, the UN deputy special envoy for the stricken Caribbean nation said Thursday.

Envoy Paul Farmer revealed the extent of the damage to Port-au-Prince following the 7.0-magnitude quake on January 12 as he addressed the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington.

Asked by the panel’s chairman Senator John Kerry how much of the city needed rebuilding, Farmer replied: “The majority of it. Seventy-five percent.”