Schleper exits World Cup stage on same day as fellow American Shiffrin earns her first podium

Sarah Schleper carries her son on her final run.

On a day when Austrian Marlies Schild continued to dominate the women’s World Cup Slalom competition, the big news was a changing of the guard on the American team.

Sarah Schleper stepped away from the sport on Thursday (Dec. 29), retiring after her 186th World Cup race by taking a ceremonial final run wearing a dress and carrying her 3-year-old child for part of the run. But as one door closed another opened for the Americans as 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin earned her first World Cup podium, taking third in the race at Lienz, Austria .

Learn more about Schleper’s long-running career and Shiffrin’s fast ascent in this SkiRacing.com story.

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