Weibrecht Top 25 in Crans Montana Super G
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 24) - Olympic super G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 24th in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G races held in sun soaked Crans Montana as Swiss Didier Cuche earned the 21st win of his career. The race, held under blue sky and spring like tempuratures was a reschedule from the snow and fog scrapped Kitzbuehel, Austria super G in early January. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 28th and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) earned the first World Cup points of his career with 30th.
- Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 24th to hold onto his top 25 slot in the World Cup super G standings.
- Swiss Didier Cuche, who is retiring at the end of the season, won for the 21st World Cup victory of his career.
- The race was held under blue sky and spring like temperatures making the course rut up early.
- Cuche, who started bib 20, was .51 behind at the first timing interval yet made back all that time for the win.
- Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 28th and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) 30th for the first World Cup points of his career.
- Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) did not start in favor of continued rest of a sore left knee.
- The was no change in the World Cup overall lead as Croatian Ivica Kostelic did not start and Austrian Marcel Hirschr finished outside of the points.
- The race was a make-up from the fog and snow scrapped Kitzbuehel super G in late January.
- A second super G is schedule for Saturday with weather predicted to stay warm and sunny.
Sasha Rearick, Head Coach
The track grooved up but it didn't actually hole up, so that was actually nice. It was tough to ski fast after it grooved up and as soon as you got out of the track, you were just in mashed potatoes and goo. If you got off line anywhere, that goo just caught you up. It was impressive for [Didier] Cuche to win from the start number he had.
[Andrew] Weibrecht has been skiing really well in super G so for him to come down where he did today was tough. He lost a bunch of time on the top because he got off the track, but from there down he did OK. [Tommy] Biesemeyer scoring his first World Cup point was the highlight of the day. The condidtions were not at all friendly and he skied well.
The forecast for tomorrow is the same - hot and sunny. But they've reset the course and they're slipping the hill right now. Hopefully it'll get a little colder tonight, but we'll see.
Universal Sports will air the race at 11 a.m. ET