Nicknamed the "Warhorse," Andrew Weibrecht is a cannonball on snow and will take the riskiest and fastest line possible, which makes him one of the most exhilarating athletes to watch carve World Cup ice. (Getty Images/Quinn Rooney)
he World Cup Finals super G kicked off on another beautiful, bluebird day. Dustin Cook of Canada, who has been dancing around the top spot all season, took his first World Cup win. Andrew Weibrecht was the top American racer, taking 15th.
t was a tough day in Kvitfjell, with 21 DNFs in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G. Only 38 racers made it down the difficult course, with Andrew Weibrecht tying his career-best super G result in fifth place.
In the penultimate Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season, the men were thirsty for results—looking to tighten the race for the overall downhill globe. Travis Ganong was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.
In a turny, technical super G set by American coach Forest Carey that did not excuse any mistakes, the Austrian Matthias Mayer once again emerged victorious. Travis Ganong was the top American finisher, toughing out a ninth place finish.
The rarely-used Schneekristall-Zwolfer track is non-stop from top to bottom. A high-speed signature course, racers question whether this track is more challenging than the famed Kitzbuehel one.
Throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s combined athletes at the World Championships. Ted Ligety attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal.
In front of an enormous crowd of 20,000 screaming fans, the U.S. packed three guys into the top ten on Birds of Prey. Travis Ganong grabbed the silver medal at Saturday’s World Championships downhill.
With bluebird skies overhead, the men raced the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships super G in Beaver Creek, CO. Ted Ligety was the top finishing American in ninth place, while Bode Miller made his return to ski racing with a huge crash.
The Americans came in strong to the super G, with Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht pulling off a career-best World Cup result in fifth place, and Steven Nyman taking 13th.
American ski racing fans will have the broadest TV and streaming coverage ever as the U.S. Ski Team takes to the fabled Streif this Saturday for the 75th running of the Hahnenkamm. Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will provide coverage.
Andrew Weibrecht skied to a top-10 finish in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, one spot ahead of Ted Ligety, still nursing a broken wrist.
It was a huge day for the Americans in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with Steven Nyman pulling off a third place podium finish and Travis Ganong grabbing fifth place.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The U.S. Ski Team punched four into the top 30 led by Andrew Weibrecht who was 20th in the Lake Louise super G.
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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.
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.
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