Pregnant Schleper to Sit Out World Cup Season
Life has taken an unexpected turn for U.S. Ski Team veteran alpiner Sarah Schleper, who revealed Monday that she is a little more than three months pregnant and will not return to the World Cup circuit this season.
The 28-year-old Schleper, who missed all of last season to recuperate from a pair of surgeries on her back and knee in 2006, believes she can return to the race hill in 2008-09 — albeit with a new perspective on life and likely a nanny in tow.
“It’s amazing how in one day, one instant, everything changes around so fast,” Schleper said Monday from her family’s summer home in Minnesota. “[Not racing next season] was definitely the hardest thing for me because I didn’t want to let it go. I didn’t feel like I’ve finished what I’ve started. But I also think things happen the way they happen, and you’ve kind of got to go with them.”