Ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin cares so much about nature that she can imagine ending her career for environmental reasons. “I have problems with the fact that our sport requires so much travel,” said the two-time Olympic champion from the USA before the World Cup slalom in Levi on Wednesday evening in a Zoom media panel with a look at her carbon footprint.
She, too, is aware of the worrying signals that the environment has been sending out for years, said Shiffrin. For example the forest fires on the US west coast or increasingly violent snow storms in winter. “I’m not an environmental expert. But apparently nature tells us that it is super angry ”, explained the 26-year-old from Colorado, who won her 70th World Cup at the season opener in Sölden in October.
Shiffrin flew to her home country for training after the start of the season and has now returned to Europe. But she could imagine coordinating her preseason planning in the future so that it would be associated with less travel, explained the multiple world champion.