Lebanon, NH – After years racing on Rossignol, Squaw Valley, Calif.’s Julia Mancuso will chase the World Cup points and the podium this coming season using Völkl skis and Marker bindings. The 26-year-old’s sponsor switch was announced by the company this week.nMancuso has a history of peaking in big ski racing 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.
“I’m really excited that we’ve signed Julia, and I think it’s a great testimonial to the commitment of the Marker Völkl team, adds Mike Noonan, President of Marker Völkl USA. “We’ve worked hard on our new race products, and it is rewarding that an athlete of Julia’s caliber has recognized that commitment. We are certainly looking forward to the new World Cup season and the 2011 World Championships.”
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us,” reinforces 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.”