Weibrecht Just Off Podium; Sullivan Retires In Kvitfjell
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) just missed a podium spot to lead three Americans into the top 20 in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
“I got caught in some soft snow down at the bottom, but that’s just how it goes – made a mistake and lost some time – but it was a good race and I’m happy with it,” said Weibrecht, who finished fifth Sunday. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was 14th and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was 17th.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won his 14th World Cup race as Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr finished second, followed by Italy’s Dominik Paris in third on the 1994 Olympic track.
In the hunt for the overall World Cup super G title, Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde finished fourth Sunday and holds a 25-point lead over injured countryman Aksel Lund Svindal with one race remaining next week at the World Cup Finals. Kriechmayr also remains in the hunt in third, just 37 points back. Weibrecht is fifth overall, 91 points behind Kilde.
Sunday’s race was the final World Cup start in the 16-year career for Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), who announced his retirement following Saturday’s downhill – his 105th career World Cup downhill where he finished 18th. Sullivan finished 36th Saturday, and was presented with the #AmericanDowhiller denim vest by his teammates in the finish, along with a champagne shower.
“Marco is the guy when I was first on the U.S. Ski Team that we were all watching and paying attention to,” Weibrecht said. “He has been a huge influence on my skiing. He’s been a huge mentor to me. It’s too bad to see him go; we all wish him the best.”
Laurenne Ross continued her strong performances of late, leading the super G and finishing seventh in the final alpine combined Audi FIS Ski World Cup of the season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Swiss Wendy Holdener took the win to also claim the crystal globe for alpine combined over Lara Gut.
Up next, the men and women’s tour converge in St. Moritz, Switzerland for the World Cup Finals with downhill training getting underway Monday for the women.
Photo: USA's Marco Sullivan retires with a champagne bath after 16 years (USST)