Jamie Anderson, an American snowboarder, won the bronze medal in a weather-shortened slopestyle competition at the FIS World Championships. Her act after winning a podium spot was noteworthy. She donated all her winnings to a nonprofit Protect Our Winters, which advocates for action on climate change within the winter sports community.
The donation comes after the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS), Gian-Franco Kasper said there was no proof of climate change.
The 28-year-old who is one of the most decorated female snowboarders had stated that Kasper should "not share his unconstitutional ignorant opinions".
Kasper, the head of the FIS for more than 20 years, has since apologised.
"I feel really sad about all that drama coming out," Anderson said. "It definitely made me consider dropping out of this event, but I decided to use my platform to speak up for our global community of snowboarders and shine a spotlight on how important our environment is, especially as snow athletes. It just breaks my heart that someone in leadership of such a big foundation is really being immature about a real scientific problem that has been affecting all of our lives all over the world."
Anderson said she was hoping for "a little bit of change."