Schleper will miss Aspen World Cup |

Schleper will miss Aspen World Cup

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PARK CITY, Utah – Vail’s Sarah Schleper is recovering from back surgery in Austria and will miss the World Cup races in Aspen Dec. 9-11.Schleper, who won the last slalom of the 2005 World Cup season, has had continuous back problems and underwent surgery last week to relieve a bulging disc.She is recuperating at her apartment outside of Innsbruck.”We determined that non-invasiveness treatment would not be enough to relieve the pain, which Sarah’s had periodically in recent years,” said U.S. Medical Directory Melinda Roalstad. “We decided to proceed with a microdiscectomy and the Austrian surgeon has said he’s pleased with the operation and the early stages of her recovery. She’ll be recuperating at her apartment and her return to training and racing is undetermined.”U.S. Women’s Head Coach Patrick Riml echoed Roalstad. “The doctor is very happy with what took place and how Sarah’s doing,” he said. “She’ll be taking it very easy for about 10 days and then we’ll see how she’s progressing. She’ll miss the Aspen World Cup races, but the important thing is she seems to be on the road to a good recovery.”Hookom takes third at Copper NorAmCOPPER MOUNTAIN – Boulder’s Lisa Kosglow won the women’s NorAm alpine snowboarding parallel giant slalom race at Copper Mountain Monday. The race served as a qualifier for an upcoming World Cup event in Canada, which in turn, will function as a qualifier for the 2006 Olympic PGS event this February in Italy. Stacia Hookom from Edwards took third in the Copper race.Hookom, who was previously qualified for the upcoming World Cup event, won the qualifying run on Monday.”I was really happy about that,” said Hookom. “It typically takes me a long time to warm up. I’m trying to get better at that.”Aspen Olympian Chris Klug won the men’s race Monday. Racing continues today at Copper.Vail Colorado

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