Andrew Weibrecht has qualified for World Cup Finals with a career-best seventh in the Kvitfjell World Cup super G. (Getty Images/AFP - Daniel Sannum Lauten)
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 2) - Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) needed a solid Audi FIS Alpine World Cup result Sunday and he got one, finishing a World Cup career-best seventh in the last super G before the World Cup Finals. The result locked a start in the discipline at the March 13 race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, where only the top 25 athletes in each discipline can start. Sochi super G bronze medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) finished 12th, behind Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who won his second race in three days. The race will air at 1 p.m. ET on Universal Sports Network.
Sochi Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) finished a career-best seventh in the the Kvitfjell, Norway super G to secure a start at March 13 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals race.
It was Weibrecht's best World Cup finish since landing 10th at the Audi Birds of Prey super G in December of 2011 and bumped him up to 22nd in the World Cup super G standings.
Only the top 25 athletes in each discipline can start at World Cup Finals.
Also starting at World Cup Finals in super G will be Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who was 12th Sunday, and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA), who did not finish the race. Miller is ranked sixth and Ganong 23rd.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) did not start the race in favor of giant slalom training, but can start super G at Finals becuase he has over 500 World Cup points.
Olympic super G gold medlalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won his second World Cup in three days, while teammate Aksel Lund Svindal finished fourth to mathematically lock the season-long super G title.
Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) finished 38th, Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) 41st and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 55th. Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) was disqualified.
The men's tour now moves to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for a giant slalom and slalom prior to the March 10-17 World Cup Finals.
Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
QUOTES Andrew Weibrecht It was a good run. I had some mistakes, but I had some fast skiing too so I’m happy with the way that I skied. I wish that I’d been a little bit cleaner, but now I get another shot at the finals.
It’s nice to carry the momentum of the games, the good skiing that I had there, and prove to myself that it wasn’t a one-shot deal and that I can come out and ski fast every day.
It was difficult. The track was slow in a lot of places, then down bottom it sped up a lot and it was pretty dark and bumpy once you got out of the trees. It was a difficult race and I’m glad that I did the best I could with it.
Sasha Rearick, Head Coach - men's alpine It was nice to see the boys come to play after the Olympics. That was an emotional, stressful and tiring few weeks in Russia and it's awesome to see Andrew, Travis and Bode keep the energy level high into the final few weeks of the season.
What Travis did in both these downhills was impressive. He's starting to establish himself in that top group of speed skiers and I think we'll see that continue into World Cup Finals. Andrew has always had this speed and it's good to see him put down the best World Cup finish of his career after such a strong Oympic result.
I'm also really proud of Bode. The results here were not what he wanted, but he's skiing well and I'm stoked to see him head into his first World Cup Finals since he won the overall title in 2008. He's going to meet up with Ted [Ligety] now and get ready for Kranjska Gora before going to Lenzerheide.