Sarah Schleper

Sarah Schleper - Gaxiola De ( born February 19, 1979 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado) is a former American alpine skier. She specializes in slalom and giant slalom races.


Schleper grew up in Vail, where her father owned a ski shop. At the age of two years she went on skis for the first time. In 1994 she won the slalom at the Whistler Cup. In August of the same year she drove her first FIS races and three months later, the first missions followed in Nor- Am Cup ( the North American equivalent of the European Cup ). As a 16 -year-old she took in November 1995 for the first time at a World Cup race in part.

The first highlight of her career was the second place in the slalom at the Junior World Championships 1997 in Schladming. Once she was the first time succeeded on 28 January 1998 in Åre, Sweden, to go into the World Cup points ranking, she established herself in 2000 permanently in the group of the best female skiers. Schleper was also placed in 37 World Cup slalom and giant slalom in the top - ten. The only World Cup victory of her career she succeeded in March 2005 at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. For large events Schleper was less successful: The best World Cup finish was seventh place in 2005 in Santa Caterina, 2006, she was in Sestriere tenth in the Olympic slalom race.

Because of a knee injury she had to cancel the 2006/07 season. The extended break from competition due to pregnancy. After the birth of her son in January 2008, she decided to make a comeback. The 13th place in the giant slalom in Aspen During the 2008 /09 season was her best World Cup result, at the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere, she took 28th place in the slalom and rank 31 in the giant slalom. On December 12, 2009 Schleper took eighth place in the giant slalom in Val d'Isere for the first time in nearly four years in the top 10 of a World Cup race. Two weeks later it reached number five in slalom in Lienz their best result of the season 2009/10. At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 she finished 14th in the giant slalom and 16th in slalom. In the 2010/11 season she ran eighth in the slalom in Zagreb once among the fastest ten. At the World Championships 2011 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen she was ranked 21 in the giant slalom, slalom she left.

On December 29, 2011 Schleper celebrated at the World Cup slalom in Lienz their farewell from active racing. They went into a mini - dress at the start, stopped off in the meantime, and went from there with her three year old son in his arms to the finish.


Olympic games

  • Nagano 1998: 22 Slalom
  • Salt Lake City 2002: 21 Giant Slalom
  • Turin 2006: 10 Slalom
  • Vancouver 2010: 14 Giant Slalom, Slalom 16

World Championships

  • Santa Caterina 2005: 7 Slalom, Giant Slalom 13
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 28 Slalom, Giant Slalom 31
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 21 Giant Slalom

Junior World Championships

  • High -Ybrig 1996: 5th Slalom
  • Schladming 1997: 2nd Slalom, Giant Slalom 13
  • Saint- Gervais 1998: 7 Slalom, Giant Slalom 12

World Cup

  • 5th Place slalom discipline Score 2004/ 05
  • A total of 38 top- 10 finishes
  • 4 podiums, including one victory:

Nor- Am Cup

  • Season 1999/2000: 6th overall, 1st slalom rating
  • Season 2000/2001: 9th overall, 3rd slalom rating
  • 2003/2004 season: 5 slalom rating
  • 2009/2010 season: 5 slalom rating
  • 22 podiums, 9 wins

Other successes

  • 2 podiums in the European Cup
  • 45 victories in FIS races
  • 6 U.S. Champion title ( giant slalom 1998 slalom 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2010; combination 2011)
  • 2 U.S. Junior Champion title (Super -G and Slalom 1995)