Weibrecht turns in career-best World Cup finish

It wasn’t a podium finish, but a really impressive performance nonetheless.

On Sunday in Kvitfjell, Norway, Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht turned in a career-best result in World Cup alpine racing, finishing seventh in a super-G event.

After claiming Olympic silver in the same event at the Sochi Winter Games, Weibrecht handled tricky conditions in this race to secure his best World Cup finish since he claimed a 10th place result in the Audi Birds of Prey super-G in 2011 in Colorado.

The finish also moved Weibrecht into 22nd in the super-G overall standings and earned him a berth in the World Cup finals, which features the top 25 skiers in each discipline.

The podium included a who’s who of medalists from the recently completed Sochi Olympics. Skiing at home on his favorite hill, Olympic super-G gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud finished first again, winning with a time of 1 minute, 31.39 seconds. Jansrud also captured bronze in the Olympic downhill.

Switzerland’s Patrick Kuneg was runner-up to reach the World Cup podium for the third time this season, and Austria’s Matthias Mayer, the Sochi Olympic downhill champion, finished third.

Aksel Lund Svindal, also a Norwegian, placed fourth to clinch this season’s World Cup super-G points title.

Weibrecht finished .64 seconds behind Jansrud’s winning time.

“It was a good run. I had some mistakes but I had some fast skiing too so I’m happy with the way I skied,” Weibrecht said. “It’s nice to carry the momentum from the games, and the good skiing that I had there. I proved to myself that this wasn’t a one-shot deal, a one-day thing, that I can come out and ski fast pretty much every day. It was a difficult race and I’m glad that I did the best I could with it.”

Weibrecht had the top finish among the five Americans who finished the race. Bode Miller was next in 12th place, Steven Nyman was 38th, Jared Goldberg placed 41st and Marco Sullivan was 55th.