Olympians ski for underprivileged children
31 | 3 | 2014
Olympians joined in with children's charity, Star Team for Children, at a recent skiing event in Seefeld, Austria, in order to raise money for an orphanage in a remote part of Madagascar.
The Star Team for Children charity was created in 1993 by Olympian and WOA Patron, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, and former racing driver, Mauro Serra, with the objective of raising money for underprivileged children around the world. In its 21 year history, the foundation has held more than 50 sports events for children of many different nationalities.
The Seefeld event involved a parallel skiing competition and a biathlon race and a number of Olympians from different generations attended to teach the children skiing techniques and share with them their Olympic experiences.
Prince Albert II attended the event and other Olympian skiers that took part included, Pernilla Wiberg, Olympic Gold Medallist in Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994 and Silver Medallist in Nagano 1998, Daniela Ceccarelli, Olympic Gold Medallist at Salt Lake City 2002, Denise Karbon, Olympian at Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, Isolde Kostner, double Olympic Bronze Medallist at Lillehammer 1994 and Silver Medallist at Salt Lake City 2002, Peter Fill, Olympian at Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010, Christof Innerhofer Silver and Bronze Medallist at Sochi 2014, and Jure Kosir, Bronze Medallist at Lillehammer 1994.
Following the sports activities a dinner was held for invited guests and sponsors. An auction was also held raising €22,000 for an orphanage in Madagascar.
Speaking at the event, Pernilla Wiberg, said:
"It's a pleasure to be here teaching the children skiing techniques and Olympic values while also raising money for such great causes. The Star Team for Children charity has been orchestrating these events for some time and it's great to see that they are such a hit with all involved."