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5-6
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Andrew Weibrecht is sibling number four in a family of five and took up skiing after he begged his parents to let him join older brother Jonathan at the 1980 Olympic mountain of Whiteface. Now one of the most exhilarating ski racers to watch kick out of the start gate, Weibrecht transitioned from a kid swinging on his parents’ chandeliers to becoming a two-time Olympic super G medalist.

Ted Ligety jokes that Weibrecht is the fastest racer in the world for 20 seconds of every race. Why? The 2010 Olympic super G bronze medalist hadn’t placed better than 10th in a World Cup race since that historic bronze…that is until he did it again.

Three turns into the 2014 Olympic super G, Bode Miller looked to friend and race leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway in the leader box and said, “He’s going to beat us.” He was right on one account, as the Warhorse produced a truly inspirational run to bump Miller to bronze and secure the second Olympic medal of his career – this time silver. The result added his name to the elite two-medal club for American men along with Miller, Ligety, Tommy Moe and Phil Mahre.

ANDREW SAYS
I knew I had a good run in Sochi. As I came through the finish I just sort of appreciated my run and I took a couple seconds and looked at the time. I saw second, looked away and then I looked again and I saw it and was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ It had been a rough couple years with all the injuries and everything else, but this makes up for it.

To be honest, it was probably the most emotional day of ski racing that I’ve ever had. All the issues and troubles that I’ve had, to come and be able to have a really strong result at the Olympics, it reminds me that all the work I did to come back from the injuries and just dealing through all the hard times, that it’s all worth it and it all makes sense.

There had been times I’ve had to evaluate whether this is really what I want to do, even as recently as the day before that Olympic race. There are only so many times you can get kicked before you really feel it. I try not to focus on the results, but I really needed a result to remind me that I’m capable of this and that I belong here.

FIRST TRACKS
Growing up in Lake Placid, he was with NYSEF from the start, and that start was at five. His older brother was a racer “and I felt left out,” according to Weibrecht. His race training began five years later and he would go on to make the U.S. Development Team with the 2003 season and be named to the C Team for ’05. He also raced at the ‘04, ’05 and ’06 JWCs, where he concluded his Junior Worlds portfolio with a bronze medal in super G.

OFF THE SNOW
Nicknamed the 'Warhorse' for the way he attacks the mountain, Weibrecht's first Olympic medal was honored with Lake Placid's Cottage Café (owned by his folks Ed and Lisa) serving pints of Warhorse. The bar erupted again four years later with his spectacular silver medal and employees of the hotel promptly stamped his nickname into the snow on Mirror Lake in 25-foot letters. His medals are on display at the family owned hotel across the street from the Cottage. When things calm down in the summer, Weibrecht enjoys fishing, golf, mountain and road biking.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2010, 2014
Silver, SG, Sochi, 2014
Bronze, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
11th, SC, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
21st, DH, Vancouver, CAN, 2010

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 25)
Teams: 2013, 2009
22nd, DH, Schladming, AUT, 2013

WORLD CUP
Stunning run from 53rd to 10th in Birds of Prey DH, 2007
Qualified for Top 25 World Cup Finals for SG (2010, 2012)

OTHER
2007 NorAm overall/SC champ (3 wins)
2006 Junior Worlds SG bronze
2001 GS gold medalist at Topolino, ITA children's races