Rooting for underdogs!
Joesph Klein (2022 U.S. Junior Men's pewter medalist) has joined EcoAthletes.org:
Klein is not at all satisfied; his sights are set very high.
“My short-term goal is to make the U.S. senior team for the 2023 World Championships,” he said matter-of-factly. “Longer-term, I’m going for the 2026 Olympics in Italy. Now it’s up to me improve the technical aspects of my skating to match my artistic strengths.”
Klein also believes the time is now for him to step up and take climate action — in fact, that has always been the case.
“I’ve been pro climate action as far back as I can remember,” the high school junior stated. “I wrote an essay, ‘Climate Change and polar bears’, back in fifth grade. [...]
With Klein’s busy practice and school schedules — he is working towards earning acceptance to universities where he would have access to skating rinks and coaches while studying politics and economics — it’s not easy to keep up the pace of his activism. But the scale and scope of the climate crisis pushes him to keep going.
“While it’s not easy to balance everything, I do feel like I’m making a difference,” noted Klein. [... ] I’m interning with Green Wave. And I talk climate when I can with my competitors. The results are mixed — one is a Sunrise volunteer, some of the others are not really that interested, and a few coaches are…let’s just call them skeptical. But that doesn’t stop me — you know, it doesn’t hurt to ask!”