Weibrecht takes fifth in Norway

Two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht turned in another strong performance Sunday with a fifth-place finish in the World Cup super-G race in Kvitfjell, Norway.

The Lake Placid native now sits in the fifth position in the overall World Cup standings, 91 points behind the leader, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway.

“I pretty much skied the race that I wanted,” Weibrecht said. “I got caught in some soft snow down at the bottom, but that’s just how it goes made a mistake and lost some time but it was a good race and I’m happy with it.”

Weibrecht led the American contingent, followed by teammate Travis Ganong in 14th and Steven Nyman in 17th. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won the race, his 14th World Cup victory, while Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr finished second and Italy’s Dominik Paris was third on the 1994 Olympic track.

“I’m just trying to ski well,” Weibrecht said. “I hurt my back in Korea, so I’m just getting back to this point where I feel like I can charge again and make good moves. Today was a big step, just to be back in the top five. I had a tough couple of weeks, so I just want to continue building from these races here and finish it off.”

Sunday’s race was the final World Cup start in the 16-year career for Marco Sullivan, who announced his retirement following Saturday’s downhill – his 105th career World Cup downhill where he finished 18th. Sullivan finished 36th Saturday, and was presented with the #AmericanDowhiller denim vest by his teammates in the finish, along with a champagne shower.

“Marco is the guy when I was first on the U.S. Ski Team that we were all watching and paying attention to,” Weibrecht said. “He has been a huge influence on my skiing. He’s been a huge mentor to me. It’s too bad to see him go; we all wish him the best.”

Up next, the men and women’s tours travel to St. Moritz, Switzerland for the World Cup Finals.