WHISTLER, British Columbia - Andrew Weibrecht added himself to the ever-growing list of local athletes who have stood on an Olympic podium Feb. 19, earning bronze in the men's Super-G competition.
The Lake Placid native skied to a single run time of 1:30.65 to finish third in the event, one of several he's competing in as part of the U.S. men's alpine ski team.
Weibrecht, whose parents, Ed and Lisa, operate the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, has been skiing since the age of five at Whiteface and began racing with the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) program by the time he was 10.
Now 24, he has been on the World Cup circuit since 2006, but never finished higher than 10th. This was his is his first Olympic Winter Games.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Andrew," said Weibrecht's NYSEF coach Horst Weber. "From day one, Andrew showed great promise as a ski racer and today everyone in our program should feel proud to be a part of what he was able to achieve."
Fellow American Bode Miller, a Franconia, N.H., native in his fourth Olympics, won the race's silver medal in a time of 1:30.62, while Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the race with a time of 1:30.34. Miller's silver was the second of three medals he's won at the 2010 games thus far, making five total olympic medals for his career.
"What a great day for Andrew and his whole family," noted New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority chairman Joe Martens. "Of course this is a huge day for him and his family, but it's also a remarkable day for ORDA and Lake Placid. Andrew's an extraordinary person and athlete."
The U.S. team had previously won only one Olympic medal in men's Super-G: a silver medal won by Tommy Moe during the 1994 winter games in Lillehammer, Norway.