Quick Hits: Top alpine ladies out-earn men

Quick Hits:

Top alpine ladies out-earn men for second straight season

In a time when equal pay in professions around the globe is under scrutiny, the top ladies alpine ski racers in the world out-earned their male counterparts for the second season in a row. Equal minimum prize money is offered at all Audi FIS Alpine World Cup events and individual Organisers are permitted to offer more than the minimum should they have the funding to do so. The minimum amount paid out at all ladies’ and men’s races is 120’000 CHF across the top 30 finishers in each race.

In the 2017/18 season, all but one of the top 18 ladies out-earned the male with an equivalent ranking on the prize money list. All of the top 13 ladies achieved this same feat in 2016/17, including American Mikaela Shiffrin who has earned more prize money than male number one Marcel Hirscher for the past two winters.

“I think the fact that I was able to win the most prize money this year out of all athletes – female and male – means that, while there is still a big fight to eliminate gender bias in the workplace, progress is being made,” said Shiffrin. “Especially when compared to one of the strongest male athletes of this generation in Marcel Hirscher, and having had a fairly equal amount of success myself as him this year.”

Shiffrin earned a total of 702’774 CHF due in part to her podium performances at venues on the ladies' tour that paid out in excess of the minimum including Courchevel (FRA), Lienz and Flachau (both AUT). Flachau was the highest paying race on the ladies’ circuit at 194’055 CHF, with over 39’000 going to Shiffrin as the winner. Bad Kleinkirchheim (AUT) also exceeded minimum prize money on the ladies’ tour making four venues paying out higher than required. 

A 2017 BBC Sport study revealed that of 44 professional sports, 20 percent still fail to offer parity in prize money.

“It is very clear to me that equivalent jobs and responsibilities should be valued the same,” said Atle Skaardal, FIS Chief Ladies’ Race Director. “Our competitions on the ladies’ tour are equally demanding and draw the same if not more spectators in some cases, so it is essential that ladies’ alpine skiing offers equal prize money to the men’s tour.”

Nina Haver-Loeseth of Norway has earned more than the male with an equivalent ranking on the prize money list for the past three years running, averaging 106’175 CHF each winter. She cites parity in prize money as one of the reasons she was motivated and able to develop into a professional athlete in the sport.

“Seeing ladies earn a fair living in ski racing helped me maintain my interest in this sport,” said Haver-Loeseth. “As a female athlete, it is a very good feeling to know that the prize money is equal. I am proud of where our sport is when it comes to appreciating both men’s and ladies skiing. It’s 2018, and it’s a bit sad to see that in some other sports the gap is still way too big when it comes to prize money and earnings.”

This comparison considers only prize money winnings and does not account for sponsorship and endorsement money, which are not always published by the athletes or the sponsors. See the full prize money ranking lists from the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup for the past seven seasons here.

IOC and C40 to partner on climate transition

The International Olympic Committee and C40 Cities recently committed to partner on climate transition by working for sustainable Olympic Games. The partnership was announced by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, at the first edition of the Transition Forum.

C40 and the IOC plan to work with interested cities, candidate cities and host cities of the Olympic Games to help them achieve their sustainability objectives, which will further contribute to their regions’ broader climate initiatives.

The IOC’s Sustainability Strategy, which is one of the pillars of the IOC’s strategic roadmap, Olympic Agenda 2020, concentrates on five focus areas, one of which is climate.

“Given that the next four editions of the Olympics will be held in cities that are part of the C40 network, this collaboration was a natural opportunity,” said HSH Prince Albert II. “Our goal is to make the Olympics best fit the long-term needs and objectives of the host cities. That includes incorporating sustainability in all aspects of planning for and delivering the Olympic Games. By signing this MOU, we will be able to better assist current and future host cities of the Olympics in achieving their climate change goals by utilising the expertise and experience of the C40, and for both parties to showcase related initiatives and results.”

The host cities for the next three Olympic Games – Tokyo (in 2020), Paris (in 2024) and Los Angeles (in 2028) – are members of the C40 Steering Committee. The host of the next Olympic Winter Games, Beijing (in 2022), is also a key member of the C40 network, which groups together 96 cities committed to leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.

Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Info Booklet released

The Summer Grand Prix 2018 is only seven weeks away and detailed information for teams, as well as fans looking to visit the events is now available both for the men's and the inaugural ladies version of the Summer Grand Prix.

Spectators can find useful information regarding ticket sales, parking, VIP options and side events next to the official schedules.

For teams there is the necessary information about entry deadlines and other practical information about the three first competition venues of Oberwiesenthal (GER), Villach (AUT) and Oberstdorf (GER). Updated information about the Summer Grand Prix finals in Planica (SLO) in mid-September will follow in due time.

Alpine TD Seminar in Argentina

The first Alpine Technical Delegate update of the season in the Southern Hemisphere was held in Bariloche (ARG) on 29th June, 2018.

All of the TD's from Argentina and Chile attended the update with Janez Flere, FIS Alpine Technical and Administrative Coordinator as the inspector. The participants totalled more than 50 with TD's, coaches and organisers taking part.

The main topics of the update were the analysis of practical cases, FIS points calculations, rules changes, etc.  Two Technical Delegate applicants from Chile passed the TD Exam and became official TD Candidates. Special thanks to the Argentinian Ski Federation for the excellent organisation of the update and to all the participants for their interaction during the seminar.