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February 17, 2014

Weibrecht soars to silver in Sochi

Lake Placid's Weibrecht medals in Super G

LAKE PLACID — Add silver to bronze: Andrew Weibrecht has earned a silver stand on the Super G podium in Sochi.

The alpine ski racer soared through the standings from 29th position to command the second-place time.

Many here knew he could do it.

His dad, Ed Weibrecht, said the celebration began early at about 2:30 a.m. as family had gathered at their Lake Placid home to watch the race live.

“We’re very, very happy for him,” Ed said on Sunday morning.

"Andrew's younger brother, Ethan, and older brother, Jonathan, and his girlfriend, Ashley, were here. (Andrew's) wife, Denja (Rand Weibrecht), came over, and their dog Fie, and hung out with us and then spent the night.”

WAR HORSE

Utter jubilation comes after lots of hard work and dedication to the sport.

Andrew, who earned the nickname “War Horse” for his commanding charge of the downhill course long ago, made his way back from a year of injury, rebuilding to win this, his second Olympic medal in Super G competition. 

He took the bronze in Vancouver four years ago.

Andrew's fellow Olympic skiers could see Sunday's victory coming.

“When Andrew was in the (start) gate, I said there’s a good chance that he wins the race right now,” U.S. teammate Bode Miller told reporters after the race.

“(Norway's Kjetil) Jansrud was like, ‘You’re not even kidding.’ I wasn’t kidding. Then Andrew came out and was up three-tenths in the first 19 seconds, we were all like whoa. Only Andrew could do that stuff.”

LOCAL REACTION

The Olympian also won loud, proud and resounding acclaim from his hometown. Celebration fairly echoed off the Adirondack mountains.

At the New York Ski Educational Foundation early Sunday, Executive Director Jay Rand, who is also Andrew’s father-in-law, beamed.

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