For skier Andrew Weibrecht, a bronze in the super G at the Vancouver Olympics and silver in Sochi are confirmation he belongs as one of the best ski racers in the world. His humble demeanor is a breath of fresh air in comparison to all the high drama surrounding other Olympic athletes.
Known as "War Horse" for his hard work and go for it attitude, Weibrecht is built like a tank and is a fearless skier.
"It's been hard getting beat down for three years and to still keep going," Weibrecht said. "There have been many times I was like, why keep going?"
He has overcome injuries and even losing his spot on the US ski team prior to the FIS World Cup season.
"I just wanted to return to be one of the best again," Weibrecht said. "Prior to my last injuries, I was skiing among the best of the best and that felt good. I knew it could happen again."
It did. Starting from the 29th position, he skied a flawless run on the Olympic Super G course at the Rosa Khutor Resort. The run felt so good he soaked it all in before checking the scoreboard at the finish.
He is a regular guy, too. You can find him in the summer coaching kids at Mount Hood or fishing or golfing and hanging around with his family at his home in Lake Placid, NY..
"He is an inspiration to the everyday man," said Robert Wright, who knows Weibrecht from ski camps and Holiday Valley in New York, "Andrew just works hard and loves to ski."
In what many would consider a lackluster career where he has not been in the top 10 once since 2012, he gives us all a reason to keep going.
"Life is a garden, just dig it," Weibrecht said.
That attitude produced a bumper crop – bronze and silver in the past two Olympic games.
Listen to my interview with Weibrecht in the audio player below:
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