The first signs of the return of the War Horse took place today with the second training run for Friday’s Birds of Prey downhill. Andrew Weibrecht, the surprise bronze medal winner in super G at the Vancouver Olympics, has had a slow start to the season after offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries. Weibrecht posted only a 35th and 37th at Lake Louise, the first speed races of the season on the World Cup. By comparison, last year Weibrecht posted two 12th place finishes at Lake Louise.
And the first training run yesterday was not much better for the War Horse. Weibrecht was slow again, finishing 45th. But, Doug Haney, the U.S. Ski Team’s PR dude, told me to wait until today. Haney was speaking prophecy, as Weibrecht was part of an impressive showing for the American team, with four U.S. racers in the top 15, including the 7th fastest time from Squaw Valley’s Travis Ganong.
Weibrecht, the 24-year-old Lake Placid skiing stud, finished just behind teammates Bode Miller and Steven Nyman, good for 13th place in the second training run on the Birds of Prey downhill. Weibrecht was just 0.75 seconds back
The signs are there. The War Horse is chargin’ once again!