Lebanon, NH, May 4, 2010 – Marker Völkl is pleased to announce a new member of 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.
Check Out Julia Shredding the Verbier Extremes
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
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
Yeah, like World Cup racers really aren't the best skiers. BTW, can someone explain to me why competitors at these events wear backpacks? I mean, are they likely to stop for lunch, or break out a shovel and dig a snow pit on the way down? WTF?
They carry basic backcountry rescue gear in the backpack: if there's a slide, the competitors can assist in search & rescue.
There is always a chance that a slope can go. They aren't competing on groomers. I think it is for the safety of everyone on the mountain. It's like saying that people don't need to be prepared inbounds for the likelyhood of slides. Most of the competitors are probably used to skiing with a pack on anyways. Still...it's the rules. I'm sure there's a litany of retarded rules in WC DH racing.
Right. But if the slope goes, the competitor is the one who gets buried. So having the shovel, probe, saw, extra layer, paperback and sandwich along doesn't really help much. Well, maybe the sandwich.
An avalung I could see. Or an ABS.
They (most of them) usually ski with backpack and don't want to jinx themselves or throw themselves off, so they are quite happy to be skiing in competition with backpack. Just my opinion of course.
Are you so sure about that? That's pretty optimistic.
But like Ghost said they are all used to it anyways. I doubt a lightweight backpack with a few things in it makes a big deal other than offending your sensibilities for some reason.
I'm getting cranky from end-of-season withdrawl.
None of the Nay sayers here are not realizing that beside Eccimortal's comments on Avy safety that the packs are used to carry skis to the top as well.
Hiking for over 15 minutes with ski on your shoulders instead of ski carry pack, is really cumbersome.
Plus a basic pack weighs less than 5lb, it does not really hinder your skiing since its firmly attached by adjustable chest and waist straps.
What I would like to know, is, why is Mancuso leaving heads rebels, The Head race team is full of top names, even more now with Ted Ligety and some other top euro's... Money?
Head have a strong freeride team too!
Why did she leave Head?
Avalanche safety and basic logistics of the freeride comps. Often these packs have the ABS device or another avalance safety device (for example, JT Holmes competes with ABS pack); these guys also have to get up the mountain on their own accord, there are not too many coaches of support staff, so they may cary an extra layer, or some food. Also sometimes they have to wait quite a bit before they actually go. This is not world cupracing, you know...
Frankly, it's great that Mancuso went to Völkl. Head is running a risky path by signing so many top-level racers, as it's tough to provide top-level product to everybody. There will likely be a few racers getting the short end of the stick when it comes to choosing the best skis, and that's never any fun.
So three cheers for Mancuso going with another company. I think she'll get spectacular support, top-level skis and will provide Völkl with excellent exposure.
Please excuse me, I thought and I was wr....wrro... wwrrrooon....wrong! The olympics where the first time I saw her and I thought she was on Head, and I call myself a professional. So Rossignol eh? I will do more research before my comments in future. Cheers for the correction.
Songfta makes a great point and we all know Volkl have made solid ski's for along time.
Still I'm Vonn supporter and Head too, perhaps both are companies are better off this way?