Superstar Julia Mancuso moves to Marker Völkl

US Olympic medal winner and German ski maker sign two-year endorsement deal
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LEBANON, NH - Marker Völkl is pleased to announce a new member to its World Cup racing team: Julia Mancuso will chase the points and the podium this coming season using Völkl skis and Marker bindings.

The 26-year-old is known for her passion for ski racing and her zest for life. "Jules,” as her friends call her, is among the most successful women in alpine skiing.

Mancuso has a history of peaking in big events, and she proved that once again by winning two Silver medals (Downhill and Super Combined) at the recent Vancouver Olympics. Her trophy case also includes an Olympic Gold medal from Torino 2006, four World Cup victories, and three World Championships medals (one Silver, two Bronze.)

"I used Völkl skis when I was a kid, so this change is somewhat of a homecoming for me. I am focused on using the new equipment to open up a new and even more successful chapter in my skiing career. The new equipment complements my skiing style, and I am already feeling like I am part of the Marker Völkl family," Mancuso says.

The mood at Marker Völkl is exuberant following the signing: "I'm really excited that we've signed Julia, and I think it's a great testimonial to the commitment of the Marker Volkl team. We've worked hard on our new race products, and it is rewarding that an athlete of Julia's caliber has recognized that commitment,” said Mike Noonan, President of Marker Völkl USA, “We are certainly looking forward to the new World Cup season and the 2011 World Championships.”

“It's a tremendous opportunity for us,” added Chris Adams, Promotions Director for Marker-Völkl USA, “In addition to her great racing results, she's a dynamic personality and a versatile athlete, as she proved recently by finishing on the podium in her first-ever Big Mountain competition. She's even an accomplished surfer.”


About VOLKL RACETIGER SPEEDWALL
Julia's new skis feature Völkl's new sidewall technology called SPEEDWALL. Völkl engineers have replaced traditional ski sidewall material with a proprietary composite sintered base material. Speedwall sidewalls can be waxed just like the bases. In racing, that means less friction and more speed.

For more information about Marker Völkl contact Susan Lloyd, True North Brand Group, susan@truenorthpr.com, 617-851-4030

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