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Four-time U.S. Olympic Alpine skier switches to Mexico

Sarah Schleper

LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Sarah Schleper of the USA in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom on December 28, 2011 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola, the top U.S. women’s slalom skier at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, is coming out of retirement to ski as a citizen of Mexico, hoping to make it to the 2015 World Championships in Colorado.

Schleper de Gaxiola, 35, competed at four straight Olympics beginning in 1998 at age 18. Her best finish was 10th in the slalom at the 2006 Olympics. She married Federico Gaxiola de la Lama in 2007 and gave birth to a boy, Lasse, before skiing in her final Olympics in 2010.

Schleper de Gaxiola retired in 2011 at the same race that Mikaela Shiffrin made her first podium.

Schleper de Gaxiola had one career World Cup win, a slalom at the World Cup Finals in 2005. That makes her more decorated than any Mexican Alpine skier, even the famed Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe.


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