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Weibrecht trains for Olympic super combined

February 11, 2014
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer (cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid had the 10th-fastest time among the skiers who took part in training today for the downhill portion of the men's Olympic super combined race.

Weibrecht finished in 1:59.11, 2.69 seconds behind his teammate Bode Miller, who posted the top training time.

"I'm feeling better and better every week, and just trying to build on every day and move forward," Weibrecht said after the training.

Article Photos

Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid carves down the hill during a training session in February 2013 in Maria Alm, Austria.
(Photo — Mitchell Gunn, ESPA)

Weibrecht won a bronze medal in super-G four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics. He's yet to make the podium since then in World Cup competition and has struggled with injuries and inconsistency.

Before traveling to Sochi, Weibrecht spent the last few weeks training at a private camp in Austria with his teammate Ted Ligety and U.S. coach Forest Carey.

"It's great to be back here (at the Olympics)," Weibrecht said. "It's always an honor to race for the U.S., and I feel like my skiing's come along pretty good in the last couple weeks. I'm psyched to put some good runs together."

Only roughly half of the skiers who will compete in the super combined took part in today's training run. There are two more training sessions before Friday's super combined race, which is a shortened downhill run followed by a slalom race.

Weibrecht is also expected to compete in the Olympic super-G, set for Sunday.

"I trained super-G here a few years ago and it's a super nice super-G hill," he said. "Hopefully the snow shuts up a little bit and we have a good fair race. It's a good hill for me, so I'm psyched about that."

 
 

 

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