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Shiffrin calls for less travel in ski season

Published : 19 Mar 2023, 21:46

  DF News Desk
18 March 2023, Andorra, Soldeu: Third placed US Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates on the podium after the Giant Slalom ski race at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals. Photo: Christopher Levy/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.

American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin has reiterated a call on the ruling body FIS to make its season schedule more climate-friendly, reported dpa.

Shiffrin, who claimed a world record 87th World Cup win last weekend, told German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag that travel should be reduced with measures including not going to North America twice in a season.

"We could acknowledge the consequences for which we are responsible. We could try not fly twice in a season between Europe and North America - with the whole baggage and all the athletes and ski maker personnel," Shiffrin said.

"Maybe we could reduce travel. We shouldn't be part of the problem but part of the solution."

Shiffrin was among 150 skiers who had recently called on the FIS to play a leading role in the fight against climate change with a new sustainability strategy including a revamped race calendar and more environmentally friendly travel routes.

The FIS had dismissed the criticism, saying it was working on all of these areas.

Shiffrin, 28, said she has observed the effects of climate change throughout her career which spans more than a decade, "especially when I am on the glaciers.

"Of course I don't know everything about climate change, I am not a scientist. But I can see the consequences that have occurred during my career," Shiffrin said.