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Teter to donate medal money to Haiti

U.S. snowboarding star Hannah Teter, the reigning Olympic champion in halfpipe, promised Thursday that if she wins a medal at the Vancouver Games, she will donate her prize money to the reconstruction effort in Haiti. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards $25,000 for gold medals and lesser amounts for silver and bronze.

"I will be donating $25,000--if I get it," she said.

The gesture is nothing new for Teter, one of the sport's most colorful and generous characters. Teter makes Vermont maple syrup and sells it to benefit the two-year-old charity Hannah's Gold, which helps provide clean water to the town of Kirindon, Kenya. She has raised money for Darfur and, this season, donated all of her race winnings to Haiti.

There is more, she said, to come.

She is putting out a new underwear line. That, too, will be sold to raise money for the needy.

"I have underwear coming out for charity," Teter said. "So all the ladies in the room can get some "Sweet Cheeks" panties soon."

By Amy Shipley  |  February 12, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Snowboard  
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