February 10, 2013

Placid skier leads USA at worlds


---- — SCHLADMING, Austria —- Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid) was 22nd and teammate Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) 25th to lead the USA in a rugged downhill at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming Saturday.

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal took a dominant win over Italy’s Dominik Paris while France’s David Poisson won bronze.

“There was definitely more chop today,” Weibrecht said. “The snow started out pretty soft and got harder as the week went on. It was one of the rougher courses we’ve skied.

“Today was particularly tough because it was overcast and flat light —- definitely tricky conditions and really hard to see the bumps.”

It was the best performance in some time for the 2010 Olympic medalist, who had been slowed by injuries earlier in the season.

“I’m really psyched with my skiing. I had a really good super G in Kitzbuehel, I had a really good super G at Worlds and had really good training runs. It just hasn’t quite come together in the races but 95 percent of the time I’ve been fast the last couple weeks. It’s one of those sports where you have to be fast and have a little but of luck in the right conditions.”