Local alpine skiers strike silver and bronze in Sochi
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -
The glasses were raised to Lake Placid's toast of the town -- Andrew Weibrecht -- and his Silver medal in Sochi.
At the Cottage Restaurant on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, the party was a family affair. "I was hoping that he made it down in one piece and I was hoping that he had a good finish, but I didn't expect it to be quite as good as it was," said Lisa Weibrecht, Andrew's mom.
The Weibrecht's have owned the business and neighboring Inn for decades, and Sunday the community turned out to salute the hometown skier. "I couldn't be happier for him. He had a really great day and I think it is a really pivotal point for him in his career," Lisa said.
"It was very, very exciting and very emotional," said Edwin Weibrecht, Andrew's dad. From a very young age his parents say Andrew had it in him to be a star, and during his 1:18 Super G run Sunday he proved it. "He spent a lot of his early days skiing at Whiteface. He was home schooled, so he skied every day and he loved it," Edwin said.
Weibrecht's wife, Denja, was up early to catch the race live. "I was surprisingly relaxed and I knew that he was going to do what he was going to do and put everything into it -- and he did," she said. She raised her glass Sunday thanking the community for all the support over the years. After all, this is Weibrecht's second time on the Olympic podium. He took the bronze medal in the Super G in 2010. "The community and family and friends are very important to him and I know that gives him a lot of support," Denja said.
Joining Weibrecht on the medal stand was Franconia, New Hampshire's Bode Miller. His tie for the bronze makes him the oldest alpine skier to ever medal in the Olympics. A historic day for both Miller and Weibrecht, in a community that is rich in Winter Olympic history.
"It's just really exciting, and to be around the local people and to get into that energy, it's really fun," said Michelle Clark from Phoenix, New York.
"Fantastic -- and he came down when he got the bronze in a fire engine and we had a party here. We will probably have it again when he comes home," said local resident John Eldridge.
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