Statement by Gold Medalists Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso on Global Warming’s Impact on Skiing

Ted Ligety:

“With the start of the 2007 ski season, it’s never been clearer that the sport I love is at risk. Global warming has made skiing conditions progressively worse – the seasons are getting shorter and there seems to be less snow on the slopes. Without immediate action to halt global warming we could lose the sport as we know it all together. Scientists say we have less than 10 years to do something before it’s too late.

I encourage everyone to take action in their own lives to stop global warming, now. I’m teaming up with World Wildlife Fund because they’re working on multiple levels to find workable solutions to stop this global threat. You can help by making changes in your life to cut back on your carbon emissions. From switching to compact fluorescent bulbs to using energy-saving appliances, there are many ways you can help. Learn how at “

Julia Mancuso:

“Global warming is wreaking havoc on skiing – it’s unbelievable how many race cancellations there have been due to mild temperatures. According to the City of Aspen, in Colorado alone average temperatures have increased by three degrees Fahrenheit in the last 25 years, and the amount of snow has decreased by 16 percent. If this trend continues, many of the slopes we love could be bare in the near future and scientists agree that man-made carbon emissions will be the cause.

It’s time to take action. I’m teaming up with World Wildlife Fund to encourage everyone to curb their carbon emissions. There are many small steps you can take to make a big difference, like adjusting your thermostat or using energy-saving appliances. Find out what you can do at “


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