Known for his all-out style of racing, American Andrew Weibrecht remains a contender in the downhill and super-G, provided those tactics keep him on the slope. That aggressive style served him well at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, when he scored a bronze medal in the super-G. But in 2012-13, a season when he labored through some sickness and injury, that slim margin for error saw Weibrecht not finish 16 races, including the World Championships super-G.
- 2010: Olympics – Bronze (super-G)
- 2006: Junior World Championships – Bronze (super-G)
Things to know:
1. Aside from his Olympic medal, Weibrecht is perhaps best known for his run at the Birds of Prey downhill in Beaver Creek in 2007, when he pulled off a 10th-place finish and bumped Austrian great Hermann Maier out of the Top 10 despite blizzard conditions.
2. Weibrecht’s aggressive racing style has earned him a number of nicknames. Former U.S. Team member Wade Bishop started out by calling him “Warbrecht,” which another teammate changed to “War Horse,” which stuck. After a haircut "made him look like the singer from A Flock of Seagulls," it evolved into "Warburg." He also has been called "Wild Man."
3. Weibrecht grew up in Lake Placid, host city for the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. His family’s home is behind the Mirror Lake Inn, a local landmark that his parents, Ed and Lisa, have owned and operated since 1976. The historic hotel in the Adirondacks opened in 1924, and was rented out by the Norwegian team at the 1932 Olympics. The inn has served as a source of employment for Weibrecht, who has worked there as a dishwasher and a landscaper.