Michelle Gisins heart bleeds. The angel girl looks for years, like the Titlis melts the glacier above your home to Engelberg. “It’s scary,” she says. At the same time, the 25-Year-old shakes his head over the statements of FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, the climate was during the world Ski Championships, warming of the question (“for the time being, no evidence is there.”)
“When I heard that, I was horrified. And thought it was a joke.” As an Ambassador for the non-political community “POW – Protect Our Winters” (“Protect our winters”) is intended to strengthen the sensitivity for climate protection. “But not with the Finger-point,” as they emphasized. The POW does not want to. The waste to separate, turn off the lights, insulating your home, to renewable energy – these are the topics that appeals to you. “Small things can have a big impact.”
at the same time Gisin of their double-role is aware of. As a Ski professional, she travels constantly to and fro. Whether in the car or on the plane: your ecological footprint is much larger than that of the average citizen.
Ski calendar is not environmentally aware
“Because of this contradiction, of course I have a guilty Conscience. But what should I do? I love the sport of skiing, he is my profession. Only thanks to him I have such a large range. Therefore, it is to me a very great concern, to make use of this range for something Good. And finally, the FIS determines the calendar, not me.”
it is Precisely because of this calendar, the athlete travel around in the world Cup often criss-cross. For Illustration: Would a rider of every race, come together in this season, the 36′ 000 travel kilometres (as the crow flies). And always on the most direct route, with no stops in between at home. With a different, more environmentally conscious order of the same destinations, you could save almost 10′ 000 km route.
in addition, the Ski team is tremendously large: athletes, coaches, managers, officials and and and. About 400 people are traveling to the races – each in women and in the men’s circus. Alone, the entire team of Swiss and Austrians take over all the disciplines, each of approximately 60 people.
So, the savings potential is in the said example, 4 million trip kilometers by car and plane, which corresponds to about 800 tonnes of CO2! It is only fair to emphasize that hardly anyone graduated from the travel route and the convoy is not always in this Size on the road. Nevertheless, the model shows that the saving potential is huge.
Gisin calls for less racing
Gisin bother with it on the calendar. “It is good to travel in distant countries, and to arouse the enthusiasm for the Sport. Nevertheless, we have, in my opinion, too many races. And in the planning of the race, there is still great potential, because you could optimize a lot of solid.”
the question is: Does it ever race in Andorra, Russia and China? Beijing 2022 climbing winter Olympics. Prior to that, there is a need for test race, Gisin convinced. “This is one of them. Otherwise, we are no longer the “world Cup”. Because we also want to inspire other Nations for the sport of skiing.”
For Gisin is another factor is important: There are too many race – 40 it would have been for women in this Winter with no Cancel. “There is a supersaturation. If we drive so often, it drops from my point of view, the interest of the viewers. And the more races, the more energy we need for the travel, the more we harm the environment.”
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The potential savings in travel miles in the world of sports is huge. Not only is the skiing world Cup could optimize the calendar, but many other sports.
One of the most violent examples in this year, the formula 1. From Monaco, it goes to a good 6,000 miles away in Montreal. And Canada, it then goes directly back to Le Castellet in France, about 150 km from Monaco. Only with a shift in the racing calendar 6000 km left.
Even otherwise, the formula 1 travels partially criss-cross the world: Australia – Bahrain – China – Azerbaijan – Europe – Montreal – Europe – Singapore – Russia – Japan – North America – South America. Tens of thousands of unnecessary mileage. The Motorsport-king class protested for years that they are green, and the CO2-emissions may reduce.
Catastrophic about the racing arrangement in the cross-country world Cup. It starts in Finland, Norway to Central Europe. It is mind-boggling: From Germany back to the North to Estonia, then Sweden, and again Finland. Back to Italy, Austria, traveling to Norway and Sweden, to finish the season in Canada. A wild Back and Forth through Europe. The picture is similar in the ski jumping event.
A better example of the Biathlon world Cup provides, for example. From Slovenia, a round trip starts through Central Europe. Then for two stations to North America. Before the season is finished in the far North, with races in Sweden and Norway. (sme)