Nicknamed the "Warhorse," Andrew Weibrecht is a cannonball on snow, taking the riskiest and fastest lines possible, which makes him one of the most exhilarating athletes to watch carve World Cup ice. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
Super G World Champion Ted Ligety found his speed in the Audi Birds of Prey super G on Saturday finishing fifth, just a tenth of a second from the podium, in front of a roaring Beaver Creek crowd.
Ski Racing Magazine recently connected with the men's speed group on its August training camp in La Parva, Chile. The team will return to Chile later this month for its annual downhill camp in Portillo.
World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) tied for 18th Sunday to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G before World Cup Finals.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 16th on a wind-ravaged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell.
Andrew Weibrecht was 22nd and Steven Nyman 25th to lead the USA in the World Championship downhill.
Ted Ligety opened with gold in super G at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super G in Schladming.
Ted Ligety leads a group of veterans and rookies in the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super G Wednesday.
Dominik Paris became the first Italian since the great Kristian Ghedina to win the famed Hahnenkamm downhill for his second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill win this season.
Travis Ganong started 58th and finished 24th to lead a back of the pack attack by the U.S. Ski Team.
TV coverage kicks off at 1:00 p.m. EST today with the Audi Birds of Prey downhill on NBC then flipping the channel to NBC Sports Network (former Versus) for LIVE coverage as Ted Ligety takes on the world in the giant slalom beginning at 2:35 p.m. EST.
Times are dropping and energy is building in Beaver Creek in anticipation of Friday's Audi Birds of Prey downhill featuring Lake Louise podium finisher Marco Sullivan and a recharged men's U.S. speed team.
Ted Ligety powered his way to fourth in the Lake Louise super G, just .01 off the podium.
The U.S. Ski Team's men's speed program was welcomed to their first of two training camps in Chile with a blanket of fresh snow in La Parva.
Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht rallied a bib one start into a trip to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals Sunday after finishing 23rd behind a Norwegian 1-2 from Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal in the Kvitfjell super G.
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Andrew Weibrecht is sibling number four of five and took up skiing after he begged his parents to let him join older brother Jonathan at Whiteface, NY, the site of the 1980 Olympic Games. Now one of the most exhilarating ski racers to watch kick out of the start gate, Weibrecht has grown from the kid swinging on his parents chandeliers to the 2010 Olympic super G bronze medalist.
Never one to back off the gas pedal, Weibrecht went full blast into the 2013 season, pushing the envelope in every race he started. Unfortunately, the margin for error in ski racing is very, very thin and resulted in an uncomfortable number of DNFs for the man they call 'Warhorse.' During big races like Kitzbuehel and the World Championships, he was right in the podium mix before going out. Also not helping his case was a season riddled with sickness, especially in November and December.
Instead of heading home immediately in the spring, the resilient and determined Weibrecht headed to Soelden, Austria to test some new boards and then to Vail, CO to take a quick scope of his bum ankle. With Sochi on the horizon, it's all about adding another Olympic medal to his life story.
I also made a really tough decision this spring. After 25 years with Rossignol, I made the switch to Head and am already really happy with the feel. It will take a lot of time on snow before I have the new skis dialed, but I'm looking forward to the challenge and going fast in Sochi.
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