The multi-talented skier is pouring her energy into altruism while staying at home

By Shauna Farnell

Ski champion Mikaela Shiffrin has been making selfless and creative use of her quarantine time these last few weeks.

The Vail Valley resident has donated gear, autographed bibs, photos and race suits in order to help raise more than $50,000 for CoVid-19 relief. The 25-year-old three-time World Cup overall champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist contributed personal items to the Kindness in Crisis auction along with fellow athletes Jessie Diggins, Madison Keys and Kate Courtney. Proceeds from Shiffrin’s auction pieces – the most bountiful of which included a pair of her signature Oakley goggles that sold for more than $5,000 and a U.S. Ski Team jacket that sold for $3,800 – went directly to Colorado COVID Relief Fund and Food Bank of the Rockies.

“It’s been a huge success,” Shiffrin said in a recent Instagram post, thanking everyone who has bid and made donations. “It’s a really, really nice thing in a time when it feels like there are not a lot of nice things happening.”

Shiffrin has also spent her time at home in Edwards working on her dance skills and playing guitar. Her musical talent will be on display this Friday during a Virtual Après Music Series to raise awareness for Goggles for Docs, an endeavor spearheaded by the snow sports industry to donate new and used goggles to healthcare workers unable to access eye protection as they treat COVID-19 patients. Shiffrin’s Virtual Music Series performance also featured award-winning Scottish singer songwriter KT Tunstall and was live-streamed at this past Friday.

Mikaela Shiffrin practices guitar

“As COVID-19 evolves, so does the need for eye protection for our healthcare providers on the front line. I’ve been so impressed with the Goggles for Docs initiative,” Shiffrin said, adding that of the more than 30,000 goggles donated internationally, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has donated more than 550 pairs. “The snow sports community has a unique opportunity to make a difference for those healthcare workers in need of PPE, and I myself am sending a shipment of my Oakley goggles to Virtua Marlton Hospital in New Jersey. Along with that, I’m excited to be joining KT Tunstall on Friday night in the Virtual Après Music Series to raise awareness for this initiative. Every little bit helps.”

Shiffrin’s charitable efforts come in the wake of grief and tragedy, as this February she unexpectedly lost her father, Jeff Shiffrin, who died in an accident at the family home in Edwards. After returning to Colorado to spend several weeks with family following his passing, Shiffrin made an attempt to return to Europe to continue racing on the World Cup tour, only to have the remainder of the tour – like so many other sporting events – canceled due to concerns over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Although bidding for Shiffrin’s race items is now closed, donations can still be made toward the Kindness in Crisis campaign and Shiffrin’s Virtual Apres Music Series performance viewable on Reverb’s Facebook page.

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