Weibrecht is Sochi bound
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid was named Sunday to the U.S. alpine ski team that will compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The news was announced Sunday afternoon in Park City, Utah. It ends weeks of speculation about whether Weibrecht would make it or not. He won a bronze medal in super-G at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but he’s battled injuries and inconsistency since then.
“It’s been about four years since my last ‘great race,’ and I’ve been through a lot since then, so this means a lot,” Weibrecht posted on his Facebook page Sunday.
In a phone interview this morning from Solden, Austria, where he’s been training, the 27-year-old said he was “psyched” to be nominated to the Olympic team.
“I haven’t had the results that I’ve wanted this season or that I expected,” he said. “It’s still good to know that even when I’m not totally at my best, it’s still pretty good.”
Following the Vancouver Olympics, Weibrecht had surgery on each of his shoulders and two surgeries on his right ankle.
“More than anything, it’s caused a lot of disruption in my progression,” he said. “I started to get things rolling again, and then I’ve got to take time off to recover. But hopefully that’s kind of behind me. I’m trying to build every day and be a little better than I was before.”
As if those injuries weren’t enough to deal with, Weibrecht suffered a concussion and banged up his leg in a crash earlier this season. In the last few weeks, Weibrecht said he’s finally been feeling healthy.
As the Olympics get closer, he said he’s been getting plenty of great support from his hometown of Lake Placid.
“It’s an awesome community in every sense,” he said. “People are really excited, and it’s great to hear from people. Especially in the last couple days, I’ve gotten a lot of emails and messages. It’s nice to know that people are watching and as excited about it as I am.”
Before heading to Sochi, Weibrecht will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland this weekend for the final World Cup stop before the Olympics.
Weibrecht is the eighth local athlete to be nominated to this year’s Olympic team. The others are biathletes Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, Tim Burke of Paul Smiths and Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake; Bill Demong of Vermontville in nordic combined; Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake in luge; Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake in ski jumping; and bobsled driver Jamie Greubel of Lake Placid.