Former Olympian Erik Schlopy Joins U.S. Ski Team Alpine Staff
Erik Schlopy has been named an assistant coach on the U.S. Ski Team’s alpine technical staff. He has joined the team for training in New Zealand.
Schlopy is a 14-year ski team veteran, three-time Olympian, World Championships bronze medalist in Giant Slalom and seven U.S. National Championships titles. He retired in 2008. He grew up in the Buffalo, N.Y. area, skiing at Kissing Bridge.
He has remained active in ski racing both privately and for U.S. Ski Team development camps. He will work directly with World Cup skiers such as Nolan Kasper, Will Brandenburg, and David Chodounsky.
“Ski racing is just in your blood and you can’t change that,” he said. “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.”
It’s a bit like Old Home Week on the alpine team these days. Schlopy joins three other former team skiers, TJ Lanning, Chris Beckmann, and Forest Carey, on the 2013-14 coaching staff.
Photo: Erik Schlopy (Jen Desmond/USST)