Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola, the top U.S. women’s slalom skier at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, four-time Olympian Alpine skier, achieving four World Cup podiums, including a victory at Lenzerheide World Cup Finals in 2005, 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.
In May 2012, the Mexican National Ski Association made the first steps in requesting the change of nationality and consequent change of FIS license for American skier Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola. Although Schleper was born in Colorado, she married Mexico City native Federico Gaxiola in 2007, thus making her eligible for a Mexican passport.
Following Mexico’s request, USSA (United States Ski Association) provided a letter of release to FIS and in November 2013, the FIS Council approved the change of license, allowing Schleper de Gaxiola to compete for Mexico only after receiving a copy of her Mexican passport. A copy of her passport has now been delivered to FIS, making Schleper de Gaxiola officially eligible to compete for Mexico in the upcoming season.
Schleper de Gaxiola announced on May 27 that her change of nationality was finally official.