Erik Schlopy ( born August 21, 1972 in Buffalo, New York ) is a former American alpine skier. He is a five-time American champion. His special disciplines were the giant slalom and the slalom.
His first ski race denied Schlopy at the age of eight years. After various successes at regional junior championships, he was a 18- year-old member of the squad of the U.S. Ski Team. In 1993 he took part in a World Ski Championships for the first time. A heavy crash in the downhill race interrupted his career first. After the disappointing verlaufenen for him 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer Schlopy moved to the 1994/95 season back from the national team and joined the professional Skirennserie pro tour.
After four years as a professional in 1999, he returned back to the ski team and became the best U.S. ski racer of his time. In the 2000 /01 season he finished second in the giant slalom standings of the Ski World Cup third place, the best placement of a U.S. American since Phil Mahre in 1983. 's Biggest success of his career he succeeded at the World Ski Championships 2003 in St. Moritz, Switzerland by winning the bronze medal in the giant slalom. After he is only rank 23 after the first round, he drove in the second run the fastest times and even pushed into third place.
In Skiweltcup Schlopy could win a race. His best results, two second places, he reached in December 2000 in the giant slalom in Bormio and in March 2001 in the giant slalom at Åre. His last international race was on 13 December 2008, the giant slalom in Val d'Isere. In January 2009, Schlopy announced his retirement from ski racing.
Erik Schlopy is married to the swimming Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders. Since summer 2013 he is part of the coaching staff of the U.S. Ski and supports various World Cup athletes.
Olympic Winter Games
- Lillehammer 1994: 34 Giant Slalom
- Salt Lake City 2002: 13th slalom
- Turin 2006: 13 Giant Slalom
- St. Anton 2001: 21 Slalom
- St. Moritz 2003: 3 Giant Slalom, Slalom 15
- Bormio 2005: 17 Giant Slalom
- Season 2000/ 01: 3rd place in the giant slalom World Cup
- 18 rankings in the top 10, including 2 podiums
Nor- Am Cup
- Season 1991/1992: 1 Super -G standings
- Season 1994/1995: 1st overall, 1st Giant Slalom rating
- 1999/2000 season: 1 slalom rating
- 5 U.S. Championship titles ( giant slalom in 2003 and 2005; slalom in 2000 and 2001, Super -G 2001)