A winner even at home, Mikaela Shiffrin auctions off race memorabilia to raise funds to battle the pandemic.
After World Cup races had been canceled in Åre, Sweden, Vail local Mikaela Shiffrin returned stateside on March 14 and went into a two-week self-quarantine. Since then, she’s still been sheltering at home, using social media to urge fans to wash hands, social distance, and, for Pete’s sake, stop the infernal hand coughing.
“The fact is basic personal hygiene is still lacking, which means there is more we can do to control the spread,” Shiffrin said on Twitter. She also tweeted a PSA for the grassroots group The Cure is Us: “Stay home, show love from afar, and hoard kindness—not toilet paper.”
As millions of Americans were stuck at home organizing sock drawers and doing 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles, world-class athletes were sorting through their competition memorabilia to find auction-worthy items like signed race bibs, training jackets, and tennis sneakers. Shiffrin joined Olympic cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, mountain bike racer Kate Courtney, and pro tennis player Madison Keys to raise funds for COVID-19 relief through their #KindnessInCrisis auction, which wrapped up on April 14.
Items worn on the podium garnered top dollar. The autographed leader bib Shiffrin wore while snagging her fourth FIS Ski World Cup slalom win at Killington went for $3,200; her signed Oakley Signature Series Aurora goggles, $5,100; the Adidas x Barilla beanie with faux fur pom that she wore on the podium (again and again), $2,600; and the autographed copy of Outside magazine with Shiffrin gracing the cover, $250. In all, the auction raised more than $51,000 for Covid-19 relief organizations.