Sarah Schleper

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American alpine skier Sarah Schleper after the first run of the Giant Slalom in Semmering (Austria) on 28 December 2010.

Sarah Schleper[1] (born February 19, 1979 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado) also called Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola,[1] is an-American alpine skier with dual Mexican citizenship via her marriage to a Mexican citizen, whose career started in 1995.

Personal life[edit]

Her father is Buzz Schleper who owns a ski shop in Vail, Colorado.[2] She is married to Mexican Federico Gaxiola and acquired Mexican citizenship in April 2014. She is now a dual citizen, and lives in Vail, and Los Cabos, Mexico.[3]

Career[edit]

Her lone World Cup victory was at a slalom event in Switzerland in 2005.[4] Her best finish at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships was seventh in the slalom event at Santa Caterina (near Bormio) in 2005.

Schleper also competed in four Winter Olympics,[1] earning her best finish of tenth in the slalom event at Turin in 2006. 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.[5] 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. After acquiring Mexican citizenship in April 2014, she came out of retirement in June 2014, to represent Mexico. [3] She raced for Mexico in the women's giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015.[6] When she joined the Mexican ski team, she doubled the size of the team, serving alongside Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a long time sole representative for Mexico at the world circuit.[1]

Schleper plans to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her Olympic effort is self-funded. She represents one of two athletes for Alpine Mexico, the other being Rodolfo Dickson.[1][7][8][9][10] She qualified for the 2018 Olympics, alongside alpinist Rodolfo Dickson, freestyler Roberto Franco, and cross-country skier German Madrazo.[11][12]

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 without 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
2018 39 DNF2 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Tik Root (6 March 2015). "Mariachi Man: Prince Hubertus and the Mexican ski team he helped create". Sports Illustrated. 
  2. ^ John O’Neill (2016-03-13). "How to be a 'ski bum': Buzz Schleper has built a successful business from catering to the ski crowds". VailDaily weekly. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  3. ^ a b Meyer, John (June 9, 2014). "Alpine ski racer Sarah Schleper coming out of retirement at age 35". Denver Post. Denver, Colorado, United States. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&competitorid=54515&raceid=33945[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/american-skier-sarah-schleper-retires-from-world-cup-circuit-after-15-years-186-races/2011/12/29/gIQAOCCyNP_story.html
  6. ^ "Double bonus for dual citizen Schleper at worlds". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ Adriana Terrazas (31 October 2017). "'Tres' company for the Mexico ski team in the Winter Olympics". ESPN. 
  8. ^ (in Spanish) "Tres mexicanos acudirán a Pyeongchang 2018". Esportes.MX. 18 May 2017. 
  9. ^ (in Spanish) "México estará presente en los Juegos Olímpicos Invernales de 2018". SIPSE.com. 11 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Carlos Alberto Cruz (23 February 2017). "México con cuatro o cinco atletas a Pyeongchang 2018". El Big Data. 
  11. ^ Luis Gomez (9 February 2018). "How to root for Team Mexico in the 2018 Winter Olympics". San Diego Union-Tribue. 
  12. ^ (in Spanish) Abigail Parra (7 February 2018). "Delegación mexicana en PyeonChang 2018, la más grande desde 1992". mediotiempo. 

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