Andrew Weibrecht, right, who skied to an Olympic silver medal Feb. 16 in Super G, is the son of Mirror Lake Inn owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht. Bode Miller of New Hampshire took a bronze medal. Weibrecht was in Miller’s position in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, winning bronze in the same event.
Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht was one of the last members named to the United States Alpine Ski team that headed to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games, which may have fueled him to another improbably podium run.
Weibrecht, who had not seen a world podium since his bronze in the Super G at the 2010 Games, finished three-tenths of a second behind Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud in scoring the silver medal in the same event Feb. 16. New Hampshire’s Bode Miller, the most decorated alpine skier in U.S. history, tied for bronze with Austria’s Otmar Streidinger, making him the oldest alpine skier to earn a medal.
Weibrecht, whose parents Ed and Lisa Weibrecht own the Mirror Lake Inn, was celebrated with a champagne toast in Lake Placid later that day.
Other Sochi results included:
Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake) finished 54th in the 10 km pursuit event Feb. 11. Cook struggled in her shooting stations, missing two on the first prone shooting range and one each at the second prone and each of the standing ranges. Her time of 36:20.9 was almost seven minutes behind Gold medalist Darya Domracheva of Belarus.
In the men’s individual 20 km race Feb. 13, Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid) missed only once from his first standing position shooting station, completing the course in eighth place with a time of 50:57.4, 1:25.7 behind Olympic champion Martin Fourcade of France. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths/Lake Placid) missed two shots in each of the standing shooting stations, finishing in 44th place with a time of 54:21.2.
Erin Hamlin (Remsen) finished her four runs in the luge with a total time of 3:21.145, giving her the bronze medal 1.377 seconds behind winner Natalie Geisenberger of Germany Feb. 11. National Sports Academy’s Summer Britcher finished 15th with a time of 3:24.143.
On Feb. 12, Jayson Terdiman (Lake Placid) and luge partner Christian Niccum finished in 11th place in the two-man luge event with a time of 1:40.945, putting them 2.012 seconds behind the champions.
In the Feb. 13 team relay competition, the United States finished in sixth place with a combined time of 2:47.555, 1.906 seconds behind the victorious German team. Hamlin had a strong start for Team USA with a time of 54.338 seconds, placing the team in second. Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake) ran his portion of the relay in 56.245 seconds, the sixth fastest time among the men, while the team of Terdiman and Niccum finished their run in 56.972, seventh fastest among doubles teams.
NSA alum Lindsay Van placed 15th in the women’s normal hill event Feb. 11, the first ever women’s ski jumping event to take place on the Olympic Stage. Van scored 227.2 in the finals, missing the podium by 18 points.
In the men’s large hill event Feb. 15, National Sports Academy’s Nicholas Alexander opened with a 120.0, while Anders Johnson (Plattsburgh) scored a 112.0 to advance to the medal rounds, while Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake) a 111.0 in not advancing. In the first round, neither jumper was able to advance as Alexander scored a 111.5 and Johnson was disqualified.
In the men’s team jump Feb. 17, the United States finished two spots out of advancing to the medal round with a combined score of 402.5, 59 points behind sixth place Russia heading into the championship jumps. Alexander, going last for Team USA, had the highest mark with a 114.4, while Johnson (third) scored a 101.9 and Frenette (first) scored 84.2.
Bill Demong (Vermontville) started the cross country portion of the Individual Gundersen (normal hill jump/10 km cross country race) Feb. 12 1:33 behind the leaders after a jump that scored 108.2 points. Demong finished 1:49.6 behind the champion with a time of 24:06.6, putting him in 24th place.
Former Lake Placid High student Shani Davis crossed the finish line of the 1,000 meter race Feb. 12 in a time of 1:09.12, putting him just over seven-tenths of a second behind champion Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands, in eighth place.
On Feb. 15, Davis finished 11th in the men’s 1,500 meter race with a time of 1:45.98.
Andrew Weibrecht started the slalom portion of the super combined event Feb. 14 in 20th place after a downhill run of 1:55.33, but was unable to complete the slalom course after crashing, posting a DNF for the event.