Alpine skier, Olympic athlete
Who is Sarah Schleper?
Schleper announced her retirement shortly before competing in her last world cup slalom on the 29th December 2011 in Lienz, Austria. 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.
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