Year Inducted: 2014
Erik Schlopy is a three-time Olympian (1994, ’02, ’06), seven-time National Champion with 11 podiums. World Pro Super-G Champion, winner of the bronze medal in giant slalom at the World Championships in 2003, and holder of the remarkable ranking of third in the World for GS in 2001. This placed him on the podium to receive a FIS Crystal Globe.
Schlopy participated in the World Championships six times from 1993-2007 and competed as an elite ski racer for an outstanding 18 years. During his World Cup racing career he had 120 starts with 17 top 10 results. He earned 55 top 10 Continental Cup finishes and won several Nor-Am titles.
Having one of the longest and most successful careers in U.S. ski racing history, Schlopy is an inspiration with most successful careers on and off the slopes. It’s not just the story of skiing success that is an inspiration but also the story of tenacity and perseverance through multiple injuries and challenges.
During his career, Schlopy suffered a broken back (1993), four knee surgeries and multiple other injuries. Despite these challenges, he managed to fight through and find success at the highest level for nearly 20 years. It all started in Buffalo, New York at Kissing Bridge ski area until he turned 12 and the family moved to Stowe, Vermont. Schlopy skied for the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club for two years, then went to Burke Mountain Academy through High School.
In addition to his outstanding athletic success, Schlopy was also known for innovating in and around the sport. Many credit him for being the first racer to “double stack” lifters under the bindings in 1992, which increases leverage and therefore edge angle resulting in more speed.
He also realized that traveling through Europe created undue stress on North American competitors, which gave the Europeans yet another advantage during the long strenuous World Cup season. Schlopy and his teammate, Bode Miller, together pioneered the practice of using an European home base in centrally located Innsbruck. The “home base” strategy is widely used today by many of our country’s top skiers.
Besides innovative ideas and strategies, Schlopy has been the only ski racer in history to successfully go from World Cup skiing, to the Pro Tour and back to World Cup racing.
*2003- Overall third in GS World Championships, St. Moritz, Switzerland
*1993-‘07- Named to six World Ski Championship U.S. Teams
*2000-’06- 18 top 10 World Cup GS overall rankings, 61 times top 30
*1996- Pro Rookie of the Year
*1996-’98 Top Pro American
*1998- World Pro Super-G Champion