Winter Games Athletes
Weibrecht might not be a medal favorite in Sochi, but he wasn’t in 2010 either, and his all-or-nothing approach makes him a bit of a wild card. He was one of four American Alpine skiers to medal at the 2010 Winter Games, and he was certainly the most unexpected. His bronze in the super-G was .03 seconds off teammate Bode Miller’s silver medal pace, and it came after Weibrecht finished 39th in the 2009 world championships in the same discipline. The podium in Vancouver made him the only American male Alpine skier not named Miller or Ted Ligety to medal at the Olympics since 1994. At the time, his only top-10 finish in a World Cup race was a 10th-place finish in a 2008 downhill race, though he’s since added a 10th in the super-G in 2012. The 2013 World Cup season left him wanting more, as he saw more DNFs next to his name in results than he’d probably like. Weibrecht finished 29th in the 2013 World Cup super-G standings after peaking at 23rd in 2010. Still, he continued to gain major championship experience and finished 22nd in the downhill at the 2013 worlds but failed to finish in super-G.