Schleper, with Lasse and husband Federico Gaxiola, shows off her hardware.
Do you feel like you’ll like you’ll reach a level at the Vancouver Olympics that’s eluded you before? I feel like my skiing’s there. I just hope the stars align and I get some luck on my side. Anything’s possible. I’m a long shot for a medal. I haven’t been on a podium this year. But I’m on the upswing for sure. I’m going in there believing anything is possible. Is this your last Olympics, or is there more in store for you? My heart’s still in skiing. I’m kind of on the fence. The thing that holds me back is physical capability. Some days my body hurts. But this other side of me is like, I can’t give up.
Schleper will race in the giant slalom on February 24 and the slalom on February 26 at Whistler.—Olivia Dwyer