When the Mexico delegation enters the opening ceremony of next month’s Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, you’ll see someone familiar.
Vail’s Sarah Schleper will be the flag bearer.
“This has me almost as excited as the racing. This is a huge honor,” Schleper said from Italy, where she is training. “Although I wasn’t born in Mexico, I feel really connected to the country. I think it’s hard for some people to understand why I would change nationalities and where my patriotism is, but they have to understand that half of my family is Mexican.”
Schleper, 39, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, married to 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 Creek as well as in St. Moritz, Switzerland, at 2017 Worlds.
And Pyeongchang will be her fifth Olympics.
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