Top U.S. Alpine Skier Makes Move To Ski For Mexico

Greg Limeberry

Skier Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola

Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola has been one of the top women’s slalom skier for nearly a decade for the U.S, skiing in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. As NBC Sports reports, she has recently announced that she will come out of retirement in the hopes of competing in the 2015 World Championships as a Citizen of Mexico.

Schleper de Gaxiola began her Olympic career at the age of 18 in 1998. She would compete in each Olympic games until her last appearance in 2010. She placed 10th in the slalom in the 2006 Olympics, her best finish.

In 2007 she married Federico Gaxiola de la Lama and gave birth to a son, Lasse. She would retire from competition in 2007. With one World Cup win in slalom in 2005, she will be the most decorated of any Mexican Alpine skier.

Schleper posted the announcement of her return on her facebook page, saying, “I am proud to announce that I have received Mexican citizenship. I aim to get back into the starting gate and perform in the World Championships Vail 2015. I was presented a letter of citizenship by the president of Mexico, Señor Peña Nieto. I feel proud and excited to be a citizen of this beautiful country.”

To read the original article, head over to NBC Sports.