After dominating alpine skiing in 2018-19, it has been confirmed Mikaela Shiffrin earned over 1,000,000 CHF.
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.
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“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.