Federica Brignone (29) is all about water. No matter whether in frozen or liquid form. The cheeky Italian is oneof the best skiers in the world. And even in summershe likes to ride the wave of happinesswhile wakeboarding. “I’m full of power and love to do sports all day,” she says. But watch out! Brignone almost always looks asif she could embrace the whole world– but she also has her thoughtful moments. The Milanese native is particularly concerned withclimate change and pollution. That is exactly why she founded the “Traiettorie liquide” project. The goal: she wants to sensitize people to their beloved element of water.
She collects garbage on the beach
For this, Brignone jumped into the sea in full ski gear in Lipari. The pictures that were shot north of Sicily were startling. «Unfortunately fish, turtles and other sea creatures suffocate from plastic. Or they get tangled up and die. We have to end this catastrophe. ”Brignone visits school classes in summer, gives lectures and takes action with children – diving for rubbish and collecting rubbish on the beach. «I am concerned with the topic. And children are the first to understand that things cannot go on like this. »
«With me there is only full throttle»
Brignone is aware that their commitment cannot solve all environmental problems. But for the ecological struggle, she is ready to use her reputation. And this is still increasing – not only in Italy. Brignone is currently in second place in the overall World Cup behind US star Mikaela Shiffrin. Your backlog? 165 points. Sounds like a lot, but it isn’t because of Shiffrin’s huge role as favorite.
“Winning the big crystal ball is a dream,” says Brignone. And lo and behold: Your results from the previous winter are impressive through the assembly line. In each of the six races in which she reached the finish, she made the top 7. Most recently, «Fede» won the giant slalom in Courchevel (Fr), where Shiffrin was only 17th. Changing the guard is far from being. Brignone knows that. The Italian all-rounder nevertheless says: «There is no administration. I want to win every race I start. With me there is only full throttle. »