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Local Olympians kick off World Cup seasons

November 30, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - With many of the U.S. World Cup Teams beginning their World Cup circuits this past weekend, many local Olympians have packed their bags and headed to the first stop on their tours. The U.S. Alpine Team raced in Lake Louise, Alberta, while U.S. nordic combined athletes competed in Kuusamo, Finland, Nov. 26-27.

Lake Placid's Andrew Weibrecht, an Olympic bronze medalist in super-G, took to the hill for his first World Cup race since having shoulder surgery earlier this spring. Weibrecht came in 37th place and turned in a time of 1:50.6 in the downhill event on Saturday.

During the super-G competition on Sunday, Weibrecht posted a time of 1:34.47, placing him 35th out of a field of 64 competitors.

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Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid competes in the 2010 Olympics super-G race Feb. 19 in Whistler, British Columbia.
(AP file photo — Charlie Krupa)

The U.S. alpine team will be heading back to the States for the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup competition this weekend in Beaver Creek, Colo. Audi Birds of Prey is where Weibrecht first wowed the skiing world in 2007 when he turned in an impressive 10th place in the downhill and 14th in the super combined.

Olympic nordic combined gold and silver medalist Billy Demong of Vermontville kicked off his 2010-11 World Cup Tour Nov. 26-27 in Kuusamo, Finland. Demong placed 32nd in the LH HS 142/10K on Friday with a time of 32:42.9. After turning in a 105-meter jump, Demong's starting position in the 10K race had him starting 4 minutes, 7 seconds behind.

Demong moved up 13 spots in the cross country race and ended up with the 12th fastest time.

Saturday's competition found Demong in 36th place, with a time of 31:27.3. Demong and the rest of the U.S. nordic combined team's next stop will be Lillehammer, Norway for the next World Cup, starting Saturday.

Lake Placid bobsled Olympian John Napier, back from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, has returned to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and the Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex sliding track. Napier, since returning to U.S. soil, has been training here in Lake Placid and will be joining his teammates in Calgary, Alberta for the second stop of the World Cup Tour Thursday through Sunday.

Biathletes and Vancouver Olympians Tim Burke of Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid have headed to Ostersund, Sweden to train on the World Cup course for their fist event Thursday. From there, the team will pack their bags and head to Hochfilzen, Austria for the second stop on the circuit.



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