Weibrecht Tops USA in Downhill
SCHLADMING, Austria (Feb. 9) - Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 22nd and teammate Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) 25th to lead the USA in a rugged downhill at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal took a dominant win over Italy's Dominik Paris while France's David Poisson won bronze. The race will be broadcast on NBC at 3 p.m. ET followed by a rebroadcast on Universal Sports Network at 4:00 p.m. ET.
- Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) led the USA with 22nd in rugged FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in downhill.
- Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) fell midway through his run, recovered and finished 25th.
- Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the bumps to claim his fifth World Championship gold medal.
- Kitzbuehel winner Dominik Paris of Italy won silver with France's David Poisson in bronze.
- Despite an incredibly fast top section, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) went out above the finish pitch. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) also did not finish.
- The race will be broadcast on NBC at 3 p.m. ET with rebroadcast on Universal Sports Network at 4:00 p.m. ET.
- Sunday will feature the best in the world women's speed team with Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) and Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) starting the downhill.
There was definitely more chop today. The snow started out pretty soft and got harder as the week went on. It was one of the rougher courses we've skied. Today was particularly tough because it was overcast and flat light - definitely tricky conditions and really hard to see the bumps.
I'm really psyched with my skiing. I had a really good super G in Kitzbuehel, I had a really good super G at Worlds and had really good training runs. It just hasn't quite come together in the races but 95% of the time I've been fast the last couple weeks. It's one of those sports where you have to be fast and have a little but of luck in the right conditions.
I thought I hit the line I wanted. You get into the bottom where it doglegs and it turns to ice and it's bumpy and you're tired. The course turns all the way down like Bormio and it keeps coming at you and wears you down. We need to perform at the bottom of the course.
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