BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - On a snowy, blustery day at Beaver Creek on Saturday, Dec. 3, Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid continued his comeback from injury to put down a career-best 10th-place World Cup run in the Audi FIS Birds of Prey super-G.
Sandro Viletta of Switzerland came out of start 30 to take the win ahead of Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal.
"I went in and I was attacking top to bottom. I didn't leave anything out there," said Weibrecht, who missed the bulk of last season with a shoulder injury. "I started to get my feet back under me and I took a lot of confidence out of the downhill. It wasn't the result I wanted, but I skied really well and I was happy with that.
Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid celebrates his super-G run Saturday in Beaver Creek, Colo.
"I knew that the skiing was there, I just needed to put a hard run down and really try to execute it. I made it pretty clean top to bottom and was carrying that speed off the top."
Weibrecht matched his previous top World Cup career finish, an accomplishment that also took place at Beaver Creek in 2007. Super-G was the event that Weibrecht won his Olympic medal in Vancouver in 2010.
"Andrew had a hell of a performance after coming back from injury last year," said U.S. alpine coach Sasha Rearick. "He's been training well and today we saw execution and good skiing top to bottom. We're stoked. We're really excited to see him find that race gear."
Weibrecht finished 32nd in Friday's downhill race, completing his run in 1 minute, 46.25 seconds. Thomas Biesemeyer of Keene was 39th in that race, which was won by Bode Miller. Biesemeyer recorded a 1:46.81 on Friday and did not finish Sunday's giant slalom race.
Miller held nothing back Friday as he finished in a time 1:43.82, holding off Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.04 seconds. Klaus Kroell of Austria was third.
Overall World Cup standings
(After six races)
1. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 294 points.
2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 260.
3. Beat Feuz, Switzerland, 246.
4. Bode Miller, United States, 197.
5. Ted Ligety, United States, 189.
6. Hannes Reichelt, Austria, 182.
7. Klaus Kroell, Austria, 157.
8. Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 145.
9. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 140.
10. Johan Clarey, France, 116.
39. Andrew Weibrecht, 27.
41. Marco Sullivan, 24.
43. Tommy Ford, 22.
67. Travis Ganong, 7.
70. Erik Fisher, 2.
70. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, 2.