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Racers raise £116,000 for Haiti
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The world's top skiers raised the money for victims of the earthquake disaster in a charity auction.

They sold off their signed starting bibs from the men's event in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and the women's races in Cortina, Italy. 

Some racers pledged part of their prize money and all the costs of running the auction were donated for free.

Didier Cuche, the double winner at Kitzbuhel, gave £17,500 from his prize money and the winnings were given from a Charity Poker Tournament after the race. 

The Kitzbuhel Ski Club organised the fund raising event in Austria.

"We are delighted that the auction helped arouse so much interest. It's great that the athletes joined together to serve such a good cause. We are also proud that Hahnenkamm Race partners spontaneously decided to contribute toward the relief efforts", said Michael Huber, the President of the Kitzbuhel Ski Club.

The women raised £14,000 with Lyndsey Vonn's bib going for £3,500.  Among the men Cuche's bib sold for a staggering £14,000.

The bib of Bode Miller was bought for £2,200.

The money will be given to the International Red Cross.

PlanetSKI reported on the auction and the news of a US ski company giving money to Haiti here.

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