U.S. Ski Team’s Sullivan and Weibrecht tie for 11th at Kitzbuehel World Cup Super G

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 22, 2010 2:30 pm

In the final pre-Olympic World Cup Super G, U.S. Ski Team athletes Andrew Weibrecht and Marco Sullivan tied for 11th at Kitzbuehel today–just .7 seconds behind winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland. The two men are now one step closer to solidifying their Olympic starts. (The official Olympic Team will be announced early next week.)

“It was a good day today for the team,” said Men’s Head Coach Sasha Rearick. “Maybe not the best results, but the guys stepped it up with their skiing.”

“It was solid, nothing fancy,” echoed Weibrecht. “A decent run. I just stuck to my game plan and skied well.”

Sullivan was also pleased with his top-15 finish. In fact, Friday’s result was the Squaw Valley skier’s best result of the season. “I had a good start number (2nd), and the track was in great shape,” Sullivan said. “I’m just happy to be in the finish and have a decent run.”

Teammates Bode Miller and Ted Ligety finished 17th and 24th respectively, and Steven Nyman just missed scoring World Cup points, placing 33rd. “I was pleased to see him charging, balanced on his outside ski,” Rearick said of Nyman, who returned this season after double knee surgeries during the summer.

Tomorrow will be the famed downhill, and the athletes are feeling the heat. Not only is the Hahnenkamm one of the toughest courses on the World Cup alpine tour, the event marks the final downhill race before the official Olympic Team selections. Send the team fast vibes and check back at the Ski Channel for their results!

photo: USSA

Top Five and U.S. Team results:

Kitzbuehel, Austria – Jan. 22, 2010
Men’s Super G

1. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:17.94
2. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:18.22
3. Georg Streitberger, Austria, 1:18.23
4. Andrej Jerman, Slovenia, 1:18.30
5. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:18.33
T-11. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY; and Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:18.64
17. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:18.75
24. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:19.12
33. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 1:19.79
DNF – Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID; and Scott Macartney, Crystal Mountain, WA