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Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin raising money to help her Colorado neighbors impacted by COVID-19

Mikaela Shiffrin is staying indoors and doing her part during the COVID-19 crisis but also using that time to raise thousands of dollars to help others in need.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — Millions of people are staying indoors these days amid an outbreak of COVID-19, a new strain of the coronavirus. 

And that includes one of the biggest names in sports who's using that time to help others in Colorado.

Ski racing Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin has been gathering up her ski racing gear, has signed it and is now auctioning it off to help her neighbors.

"Pulled up a bunch of gear that I have that I felt people would see some value in," Shiffrin said. "A pair of my signature goggles, two podium hats that a lot of people talk about and say 'I can’t find it anywhere' and now’s your chance."

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Shiffrin has teamed up with a few other winter sports athletes in an online auction at Kindness Wins. Just a few days into bidding the auction has already raised thousands of dollars.

Her U.S. Ski Team racing suit is over a $1,000 while her U.S. Ski Team jacket is sitting at $2,600.

Credit: 9News

The money raised will fund the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund which helps communities impacted by COVID-19 along with Food Bank of the Rockies which is using the money to help people who need food assistance because of the impacts of COVID-19.

"I want to help too but I want to do it on a local scale. I want to help Colorado." Shiffrin said.

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