This week, a few works of Colorado art are headed to Switzerland, Germany and Norway, among other countries called home by the winners of the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup. Designed and handcrafted in a Ridgway studio, the medals from last weekend’s ski race in Beaver Creek are just the first few by metal artist Lisa Issenberg that will be awarded this winter.
In past years, top American winter athletes also have taken home an original medal by Kiitellä, Issenberg’s studio’s name, which means “to thank, applaud, praise” in Finnish. Ten of her awards have been won by Mikaela Shiffrin, six by Megan McJames, five by Tim Jitloff, four by Ted Ligety, and two by Lindsey Vonn, to name a few.
More than 10 winter sports competitions will be handing out Issenberg’s awards this season, including the U.S. National Skiing Championships, U.S. National Snowboarding and Freeskiing Championships, FIS (International Ski Federation) Telemark World Cup, and the COSMIC Series ski mountaineering cup. COSMIC is a new client this year.