Lasse Schleper a big hit in the U.S. Ski Team hotel, but mom Sarah just misses second GS run
February 12, 2009 —
We're into the tech events in Val d'Isere, which is a good thing, because it's been snowing pretty solid and there would be no chance to race speed.
The tech crew (both men and women) rolled into town on Monday and added a whole different vibe to the team hotel. Like their skiing, they're bouncy.
Lasse Schleper (the World) toddled around the hotel lobby Wednesday night in bright red Moon Boots. He's a hash over one and the boots go above his thighs, but that doesn't slow him down.
He makes car noises and the little girls who live in the hotel with their family love him. Resi Steigler (Jackson, WY) was teaching him how to walk gates using chairs and momma Sarah Schleper's (Vail, CO) Leki poles. He's fun to have around.
[Check out RealVail.com's feature on Sarah Schleper's comeback.]
Schleper, Megan McJames (Park City, UT) and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) were training Wednesday on the top of the women's speed course. The wind was ripping, but the snow was hard.
[In Thursday's GS, Mancuso was 18th, Schleper just missed qualifying for the second run in 31st position on the first run, and McJames was a DNF in the first run. Vail's Lindsey Vonn sat out with a thumb injury, spending the day testing out braces for her right hand. She's questionable for Saturday's slalom.]
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