The ‘Warhorse’ takes a crack at Baldy
Never one to back off the gas pedal, ski racer Andrew Weibrecht, of Lake Placid, N.Y., takes an aggressive line Wednesday on Warm Springs ski run in the West-ern Region FIS Spring Series men’s super G on Bald Mountain. Weibrecht has become one of the most ex-hilarating ski racers to watch kick out of the start gate. Now 28, the 10-year U.S. Ski Team racer known as the “Warhorse” grew up skiing the 1980 Olympic downhill course on Whiteface Mountain, went to Dart-mouth College and has been taking a kamikaze line ever since. The two-time U.S. Olympian has risen to the occasion in the big events, cutting inside the groove to a bronze medal in super G at Vancouver in 2010 and a scintillating Olympic silver medal in super G at Krasnaya Polyana in Russia on Feb. 16—trailing only winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway. With start No. 29, the 5-7, 180-pound Weibrecht waited and waited, got some sound course advice from Bode Miller and ripped the course with an electrifying descent to nearly end Norway’s run of four straight super G golds. On his way to a 12th-place finish Wednesday at Sun Valley, he wore the same suit and familiar Lake Placid helmet he wore in the Olympics. The race was won by teammate Tim Jitloff. For more on the races, turn to Page 10 of our printed edition.
Courtesy photo by Heather Black, Heather Black Photography