Shiffrin surpasses 1,000,000 CHF landmark for 2018-19

By Ben Spratt 17 April 2019 207
Shiffrin surpasses 1,000,000 CHF landmark for 2018-19

Mikaela Shiffrin has become the first skier to earn more than 1,000,000 Swiss francs in prize money for a single season, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has confirmed.

American star Shiffrin repeatedly made history throughout the 2018-19 campaign, becoming the first athlete to simultaneously win the giant slalom, slalom, super-G and overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup titles.

These exploits, which included a record 17 race wins, earned the 24-year-old 886,386 CHF in the World Cup.

And Shiffrin also took in 114,000 CHF in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, bringing her total income to a game-changing 1,000,386 CHF.

No skier male or female had previously made seven figures and Shiffrin was delighted that her latest achievement signifies the absence of a gender pay gap.

"It's a really cool opportunity. I'm extremely proud to be part of a sport where there is no gender pay gap," she said. "It's great, because perhaps it will inspire future generations to take part in this sport that I love so much.

"From my perspective, equal prize money means there is a demand by the public for both men's and women's alpine ski racing. If people want to watch and the sport has fans, that's ultimately where the money comes from.

"I feel like we, as athletes, have a responsibility to bring attention to this sport - to make it exciting to watch and bring edgy and fun personalities into it.

"Just like any sport, ski racing needs these personalities and a high level of competition in order to thrive, and I'm thankful to the fans for following along."

Eight-time Crystal Globe winner Marcel Hirscher was the top male earner on 565,111 CHF, lagging behind Shiffrin for a second consecutive season.

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