Fifteen year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Sarah Schleper, will be making an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonghcang this February! Not only will she be competing, but she’ll also be flag bearer for the Mexican delegation at the opening ceremony on February 9th.
Although originally from Vail, Schleper married Federico Gaxiola in 2007, became a Mexican citizen in 2014, and has been competing for Mexico, including the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creak, and the 2017 Worlds in St Moritz.
Schleper has had an eventful skiing career, taking part in 186 World Cup races, and achieving 4 podium finishes, and one victory.
Pyeongchang will be her fifth Olympics.
In an interview with VailDaily, Schleper talks about how excited she is to be representing Mexico this Winter Games.
“Mexico is a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful nation” she said. “We have a lot of Mexicans coming to Vail and it is such a great connection for my family and my roots. I will carry the flag high and with the utmost respect. I hope to connect the gap between the USA and Mexico”.
In those efforts, Sarah has been working with Ski & Snowboard Vail, coaching young Mexican skiers. She will be taking one of her pupils to Trofeo Topolino, a winter sports festival in Italy, in March and another to the Youth Olympics.
She’s also been spending most of her time gearing up for the Olympics. Her injury last Summer has limited her racing action, but she’s not letting that stop her. Schleper has been taking part in the Ski World Cup this season.
“Expectations are hard to say since I haven’t raced after being injured,” Schleper said. “I just want to go out and ski clean and with tempo and do a performance I am proud of. It’s hard to put a number on that. The girls are skiing so well. It will be great to be in the top arena again”.