Weibrecht collects his Olympic silver medal
ADLER, Russia – For Andrew Weibrecht, it was like being in the Vancouver Olympics all over again, but even better.
On Sunday night in front of thousands of people, the 29-year-old from Lake Placid was on center stage being honored at the Sochi Olympics medals ceremony for his runner-up performance earlier in the day in the men’s super-G Alpine ski race.
The medals ceremonies are held each evening in Olympic Park, and for Weibrecht, his second Olympics have played out in a similar fashion to his first, which were four years ago.
Skiing in Whistler, Canada in 2010 at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Weibrecht shared the podium with United States Ski Team member Bode Miller. This time, they switched the places where they were standing on the podium, with Weibrecht receiving the silver medal and Miller winning the bronze.
“Just like last time but a little better,” Weibrecht said after receiving his silver medal. “It was the best run I’ve skiied all year. It was totally clean from top to bottom.”
Weibrecht and Miller’s efforts marked the first Alpine medals for the U.S. Ski Team at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Weibrecht wasn’t the only American to be honored at the medals ceremony Sunday. Matt Antoine, a native of Wisconsin, slid into third place Saturday in men’s skeleton and also was on the stage to get his bronze medal.