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Andrew Weibrecht ( 1986 - )  Category ( Sports_Figures ) [suggest a correction]
 

Born fourth in a family with five children, Olympic medalist and United States alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht learned early to jockey for position and opportunities. Having admired his eldest brother's skiing ability, Weibrecht pleaded and cajoled until his parents allowed him to take up the sport. He was only five years old.

Raising their family in the frosty shadow of Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid, NY, winter sports were a natural for the entire Weibrecht family. The youngster was a quick study, so much so that his parents enrolled him in New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) courses. Later, he attended the Winter Sports School in Park City, NY, a school designed to allow young athletes to continue to refine their skills while also achieving academically.

Weibrecht graduated from the school in 2003 and later was accepted to Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH. He remains enrolled there as of spring 2010. He plans to work towards a Bachelor of Arts in earth science. His four siblings also ski. His brothers Jonathan and Ethan have ski raced competitively. His sisters, Kim and Katherine, chose to pursue careers in the legal and medical professions.

Weibrecht began his training in ski racing when he was ten years old, later excelling on the US Development Team during the 2003 season; in 2005 he was named to the C Team. Additionally, he was selected to race at the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Junior World Cup. His final year, 2006, earned him a bronze medal. Later that same year he competed in the World Cup for the first time.

By 2009 Weibrecht had honed his skills to such a level that he was invited to join the "A" team of US skiing. A highlight of that season included an eleventh place finish on the famously difficult slopes Kitzbuehel and placed twenty-second in the equally challenging Hahnenkamm downhill. Such showings earned Weibrecht a spot on the 2009 World Chapionships Team. This meant he would be heading to prepare for entry to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

His consistently superb performances on the men's speed team saw him regularly score in the top fifteen in both downhill and super G. Weibrecht credits his years spent in the Junior and World Cup as part of his success, yet his coaches insist that Weibrecht's strict, consistent work ethic is the secret to his achievements. According to one of his coaches, "there isn't a guy on this team that's worked harder and made more progress because of that work than Andrew. At summer camps in New Zealand and Chile, this guy was making progress every day..."

Weibrecht does not limit himself to skiing alone, however. He will guest star in an episode of his favorite television program, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" during the show's 2010 season. He will play the role of Redman, enemy of Greenman. Weibrecht is also well known for his numerous nicknames, including War Horse and Warberg. He has stated that his hobbies include "keeping up with movies and TV shows while traveling eight months of the year


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