The Olympics are never far from the surface at Lake Placid, N.Y. That will be especially evident Sept. 2 as 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht weds Denja Rand on the Whiteface Club and Resort golf course.
Rand is the daughter of Jay Rand, a 1968 Olympic ski jumper and current director of the N.Y. Ski Educational Foundation, based at Lake Placid. The famed community, of course, hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Whiteface Mountain will be an appropriate backdrop for the ceremony.
Weibrecht is the middle of three skiing sons of Mirror Lake Inn owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht. The Weibrecht family also are partial owners of the Whiteface Club and Resort.
Andrew Weibrecht’s photo, with the bronze medal is on display behind the Inn’s front desk, and there is also a framed cover of Sports Illustrated where he shares space with Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, and Julia Mancuso, the other alpine skiing medalists at the 2010 Games.
Weibrecht, nicknamed “Warhorse” for the way he attacks the mountain, is currently in Chile with the speed team. He has been bitten by the injury bug the past two seasons – first shoulder and then ankle surgery.
He spent the spring and summer rehabilitating at the U.S. Olympic Committee Training Center and at the Inn’s “state-of-the-art” fitness center. He will return to Lake Placid just before the wedding.
"I'm working with the new coaches and working on a few things that are not really my strengths. In a short time, I've made progress. I'm pretty psyched about it," he said.
He first caught the attention of the alpine world at the 2007 Birds of Prey World Cup downhill at Beaver Creek, Colo. He started in the 53rd position and finished 10th.
Photo: Andrew Weibrecht and Denja Rand (Carl Gronlund/Mirror Lake Resort and Spa)