Andrew Weibrecht tables Lake Placid activities for the time being
2010 Olympic bronze medalist in Super G, Andrew Weibrecht, is back on snow this month after a summer of intensive dryland training.
Andrew, son of Mirror Lake Inn owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, is currently at a United States Ski Team speed camp in Chile.
The 2013-2014 World Cup season will be an important one for Andrew as he seeks to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team for the Games in Sochi, Russia just six months from now. Given the squad’s depth, there will be strong competition for team spots in all disciplines. In addition to Super G, Weibrecht is a candidate for the downhill team as well as the super combined.
Since that day in February 2010 when he landed on the Olympic podium right behind teammate Bode Miller, luck hasn’t been Andrew’s ally. There were injuries to a shoulder and an ankle, and last winter he had difficulty shaking a flu bug. In addition Andrew was not comfortable in his equipment.
So after careful consideration a few months ago, Weibrecht ended his long-standing affiliation with Rossignol and signed with Head, which also sponsors Miller and Lindsey Vonn, among others.
Andrew made his initial turns with Head skis and boots in the spring as he and Miller went to Europe to begin the process of sorting out their equipment.
As you’ll read in his comments, Andrew is happy and skiing confidently. He left Lake Placid last weekend. Upon arrival in South America, Andrew sent us the following:
“Things in Chile have been pretty good so far. The trip down was no problem, although all my skis got stuck in customs. We've just been mostly free skiing. So far the snow has been pretty decent overall….a little bit on the soft side, but it is definitely firming up every day. It's been great to be back on snow. I'm really looking forward to getting into some speed skiing (Editor’s comment: as you can see, that time has come) the next couple weeks and figure out my new Head set up, which so far has felt great. Other than that not much to report but I will keep you posted when we get into some more intense stuff.”
Well, the skis did arrive at the beginning of the week, and as illustrated in this photo taken by teammate Steven Nyman, the 27 year old from Lake Placid is ready to fly. And his many fans back home are ready to give him that extra push to reach his goal.
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Andrew Weibrecht in action, courtesy of fellow speed skier and teammate Steven Nyman, a two-time national downhill champion.