Sarah Schleper

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Sarah Schleper in December 2010

Sarah Schleper (born February 19, 1979 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado) is an American-Mexican alpine skier whose career started in 1995. Her lone World Cup victory was at a slalom event in Switzerland in 2005.[1]

Schleper also competed in four Winter Olympics, earning her best finish of tenth in the slalom event at Turin in 2006.

Her best finish at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships was seventh in the slalom event at Santa Caterina (near Bormio) in 2005.

Schleper was named to the US team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in late 2009.

Schleper announced her retirement shortly before competing in her last world cup slalom on December 29, 2011 in Lienz, Austria.[2] In her career spanning a total of 15 years, she took part in 186 World Cup races and achieved 4 podium finishes and one victory.

As has become traditional—a skier in her retirement race can wear any apparel she desires—Schleper wore a thin brown summer dress, bare-armed and bare-legged, and stopped halfway down the course to pick up her 4-year-old son. She then skied the rest of the course with the boy in her arms, to the enjoyment of the crowd and fellow skiers. Lindsey Vonn gave Schleper a long hug in the finish area, and race organizers presented her with a huge bouquet of roses.

In June 2014, she came out of retirement to represent Mexico. She is married to Mexican Federico Gaxiola and acquired Mexican citizenship in April 2014.[3] She raced for Mexico in the women's giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015.[4]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age  Overall   Slalom  Giant
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1998 19 102 46
1999 20 90 51 43
2000 21 50 21 25
2001 22 23 11 21
2002 23 22 10 20
2003 24 22 12 21
2004 25 17 11 12
2005 26 17 5 20
2006 27 65 27 36
2007 28
2008 29
2009 30 97 55 41
2010 31 54 26 20
2011 32 53 30 22
2012 33 107 48

Race podiums[edit]

  • 1 win – (1 SL)
  • 4 podiums – (3 SL, 1 GS)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2001 10 Dec 2000 Italy Sestriere, Italy Slalom 2nd
30 Dec 2000 Austria Semmering, Austria Giant slalom 3rd
2004 13 Mar 2004 Italy Sestriere, Italy Slalom 2nd
2005 12 Mar 2005  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom 1st

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2001 22 DNF1 DNF1
2003 24 DNF1 DNF1
2005 26 7 13
2007 28
2009 30 28 31
2011 32 DNF2 50
2013 34
2015 36 DNF1 50
2017 38 DNF1 41 37 38 27

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1998 19 22 DNF2
2002 23 DNF1 21
2006 27 10 DNF2
2010 31 16 14
2014 35

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