There are no words to describe the depth of human suffering in Japan right now. Julia Mancuso, aka Super Jules, is doing more than just calling out for the skiing world to provide assistance to Japan in its hour of need. She’s putting her money where her mouth is, donating half of her prize money from winning the downhill event at the World Cup finale.
And, Mancuso’s ski equipment sponsors Marker Völkl have taken her up on her challenge by matching her donation.
Shaken by the dramatic events unfolding in Japan, Völkl skier Julia Mancuso (USA) used the spotlight of the World Cup finale (Lenzerheide, CH) to call upon her racing colleagues to donate part of their winnings from the final event.
Mancuso opted to lead by example, declaring after her victory in the downhill event that she was donating half of her winnings to a fund to aid Japan at www.skiershelpingjapan.com.
Ski and binding maker Marker Völkl heeded Mancuso’s call and responded immediately by matching her donation to ensure that the full prize winnings would flow into helping the urgent situation in Japan.
Julia Mancuso, the second-to-last starter in the downhill at the final World Cup event of the year, laid down a personal best time on the challenging course, finishing almost a second ahead of the closest competitor. It was the fifth World Cup victory of her career and secured her third place in the overall downhill points standings for 2010/11.