Weibrecht named to Hall of Fame

Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht smiles while Bethany Smith of Pennsylvania tries on his bronze and silver medals from the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics during her July 2017 visit to the Olympic Museum in Lake Placid. (Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — Upon concluding a ski racing career that included Olympic silver and bronze medals, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, will be among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials to be inducted next year into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum.

Weibrecht, son of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, earned his medals in 2010 and 2014, both in super-G. He announced his retirement four months ago, ending 16 years with the U.S. Ski Team.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Ski Hall of Fame,” Weibrecht said in a press release. “It’s a tremendous honor and I’m very excited that the voting commission felt my accomplishments worthy of recognition, especially within such an amazing group of ski industry powerhouses.”

The ski hall and museum are located in Ishpeming, Michand, which is considered the birthplace of skiing. The induction will be held in April 2019 in Park City, Utah.

The Class of 2018 will also include Weibrecht’s teammate, Bode Miller. In a series of unique quirks, they shared the Olympic podium in both Vancouver and Sochi, and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated together after the 2010 Games. 

“I was always lucky enough to be joined by Bode on my Olympic podiums, so it almost seems fitting that we will be inducted together,” Weibrecht said. “I am truly honored to be a part of such a prestigious induction class, across the board.”

Other inductees include ski racing pioneer Don Henderson; Kristen Ulmer, the first female extreme skier; mogul skier Hilary Engisch-Klein, who won 35 World Cup events; long-time USSA Vice President of Communications Tom Kelly; snow sports inventor and entrepreneur Tom Sims; and resort executive Bill Jensen.

Since stepping out of the sport, Weibrecht has embarked on the completion of his degree at Dartmouth College, and has gotten more involved in various aspects of the Mirror Lake Inn operation. The hotel has even created special “Ski with Andrew” packages for the coming winter season.