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Crunching Weibrecht's numbers

February 17, 2014 - Chris Knight
I'm no alpine skiing statistician, but I had to get a look again at Andrew Weibrecht's split times after his silver-medal-winning run in Sunday's super giant slalom one more time.

I've posted an image of the numbers to the right. It's just incredible to see these numbers and see how close he came to getting a gold medal.

While Weibrecht won the silver, his split times were faster than anyone else on the hill Sunday through three quarters of the race, until he hit the final portion of the course.

He hit the first interval in 17.98 seconds, the second at 34.95 seconds and the third at 1:00.67.

The man who won gold, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, wasn't even the second fastest skier on the top portion of the course. At the first two intervals, he was the fourth-fastest. He was third-fastest at the third split. But he cleaned house on the bottom, skiing it quicker than anyone, in 17.27 seconds.

It took Weibrecht 17.77 seconds to ski from the third interval to the finish. That was actually the 21st fastest time of the day for that portion of the course. Had he not skied so hard earlier on, he would have had a tough time finding the podium.

How fast was Weibrecht going? Speed was measured in two locations on the course. At the first, he was hitting 90.50 kilometers per hour, or 56 miles per hour. At the second spot, Weibrecht was ripping at 109.43 kilometers per hour, or almost 68 miles per hour. That's incredible.

And those weren't even close to the fastest recorded speeds on the course, both of which were posted by New Hampshire native and co-bronze medal winner Bode Miller, 92.10 km per hour at the first spot, 115.49 at the second.



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