U.S. Ski Team veteran athlete Erik Schlopy, shown here after winning bronze in giant slalom at the 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, joins the men's alpine staff (Getty Images/Agence Zoom)
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 9) – Erik Schlopy, a three-time Olympian and 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medalist, has joined the U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine technical staff. Schlopy was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 14 seasons before retiring in Dec. 2008. Schlopy shared the giant slalom podium with Bode Miller (Franconia, NH with bronze at the 2003 World Championships, finished in the top three of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races and captured seven U.S. Championship titles. Since his retirement from racing, he has remained active in coaching both privately and for U.S. Ski Team development camps. Schlopy joined the team currently training in New Zealand this week.
U.S. Ski Team veteran athlete Erik Schlopy has joined the men’s alpine technical team as an assistant coach under Bernd Brunner.
He will work directly with World Cup athletes like Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO).
Schlopy is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team and hold a giant slalom bronze medal from the 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. He retired from competitive racing in 2008.
He joins three other former team athletes - TJ Lanning, Chris Beckmann and Forest Carey - on the 2014 coaching staff.
Schlopy is already on snow with the team currently training in New Zealand.
QUOTES Erik Schlopy Ski racing is just in your blood and you can’t change that. After being away from it for a little while, I feel like the competition aspect of the sport is still so much a part of my life that I’ll be able to enter the coaches role with a unique perspective to help drive performance.
These athletes have such amazing speed, that much I know. My goal now is to learn each of their qualities and then figure out how to help them translate that speed into being consistently fast.
Sasha Rearick, Men's Alpine Head Coach There isn't a guy that was more professional, more dedicated and more influential to the other guys on this Team than Erik was when he was an athlete. He was a leader who would tell me if something wasn't working, but would also be the first guy to say you did a good job. He led by example and I have absolutely no reservations that he’ll do the same as a coach.