90k raised by World Cup racers in bib auction for Haiti

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 2, 2010 11:21 am

PARK CITY, Utah – Final tallies revealed Tuesday that the alpine athlete race bibs from the 70th Hahnenkamm men’s downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria and the women’s super G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy raised over $90,000 in online auctions for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.

The highest earner was Hahnenkamm winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland, whose signed bib was purchased for $16,209. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) earned top dollar amongst Americans with $2,504 raised for Haiti for his bib. Ted Ligety’s (Park City, UT) bib also did well going for $1075.

Newly named 2010 World Cup super G champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) claimed the top spot amongst women’s bibs closing out at just over $4,000. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), 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 the other half spread across Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland with all the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

Here’s a few of the responses Mancuso received to the auction:

Julia, Lindsey and friends,

Thank you for making this happen for the benefit of the people of Haiti. Our family has two junior alpine racers (a J2 girl and a J4 boy) on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team. You’re a great example and the deserving beneficiaries of this auction will add meaning to this special memento of a great race.

We will be at Whistler in a few weeks, cheering you and your teammates on!

Best wishes,

Bill

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Hi Julia:

Thanks so much for placing your Cortina bib up for auction on ebay. I’m so excited that I was able to both purchase a reminder of an exciting 2010 World Cup season while making a contribution to those desperately in need in Haiti. My wife and I plan to frame the bib and hang it over our fireplace at our Vermont weekend ski house :) 

Best of luck with the remainder of the 2010 World Cup and all the best to you and the rest of the American team at the Vancouver Olympic Games!!  Go USA!

Best,

Erik

The 2010 U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team has now settled into pre-Olympic training with arrival dates in Vancouver set for the middle of next week.

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