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Ski star Shiffrin addresses sensitive women's issues in English - Ösi translator embarrasses himself


Embarrassing translation error in the ORF: Mikaela Shiffrin speaks in English about her period – but the viewers get something completely different.

Embarrassing translation error in the ORF: Mikaela Shiffrin speaks in English about her period – but the viewers get something completely different.

Kronplatz - Mikaela Shiffrin has finally risen to the top of the history of skiing this season.

In the giant slalom at Kronplatz in South Tyrol, she won her 84th World Cup, overtaking the previous record holder Lindsey Vonn.

Only Ingemar Stenmark (86 wins) is ahead of her.

Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin

Born: March 13, 1995 (age 27), Vail, Colorado, United States

Achievements: 2x Olympic gold, 6 World Championship titles, 84 World Cup victories

Partners: Alexander Aamodt Kilde

Special disciplines: slalom, giant slalom

Alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin talks about her period - ORF translator about cycling

In the ORF interview after the race, there was an embarrassing faux pas.

It was not the American who committed it, but the Austrian TV station.

Shiffrin was asked if she still had enough energy to win the next two slaloms over the weekend, equaling Stenmark's record.

The ski queen then broke a taboo that shouldn't be, but is (still) one: she spoke openly about her cycle.

"I'm at an awkward time in my monthly cycle right now," she said in English.

The ORF reporter translated: "I don't even get to ride my bike, which I usually do every month."


Mikaela Shiffrin reveals herself on ORF – and is unfortunately misunderstood.

© Screenshot ORF

Mikaela Shiffrin misunderstood by Austrian translator

It is obvious how this fatal translation error came about: In English, the word “cycle” has several meanings.

It can mean “cycling” or “cycle” among other things.

The Austrian colleague probably didn't fully understand the rest of the sentence, so he figured it out himself.

With embarrassing consequences.

Effects of the menstrual cycle in women on athletic performance

The performance of women can fluctuate over the course of the period due to hormones.

In the first half of the cycle or follicle phase, for example, muscle strength can be built up more easily and you can recover more quickly.

Around ovulation, i.e. in the middle of the cycle, the elasticity of the ligaments and tendons changes, and the risk of injury increases.

The body's endurance performance is somewhat lower in the second half of the cycle, also known as the luteal phase.

Mikaela Shiffrin talks about the taboo topic of periods in sports

The incorrect translation caused amusement, especially on Twitter.

Many rightly pointed out that periods are still taboo in professional sports.

Shiffrin took a step with her interview that could encourage imitators to talk about the topic.

In addition to Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, there is a second dream couple in the ski circus - a reporter is (rightly) afraid of the possible double name.


List of rubrics: © Screenshot ORF

Source: merkur

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