Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid Wins Silver

Published 02/18 2014 10:27AM

Updated 02/18 2014 10:28AM

A bronze medal in Vancouver and now silver in Sochi. Even the cover of Sports Illustrated. The sport of skiing has been good to Andrew Weibrecht. And it all started in his hometown of Lake Placid.

"It was clear that he was different, pretty much from the beginning. How old was he when he skied all of Whiteface?"

"He was three, and he was skiing top to bottom at Whiteface."

"And if you can ski top to bottom at Whiteface then you can ski anywhere in the world and not feel uncomfortable."

Andrew's parents, Ed and Lisa Weibrecht are no strangers to the Olympics. They call Lake Placid, the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games, their home. Together, they own and run the Mirror Lake Inn.

"It was a private home in the late 1800s. It was converted into a rooming house in the 1920s."

Now, it's Ed and Lisa’s, and they feel blessed to be able to bring the best of Lake Placid to thousands of visitors every year.

"Oh it's our home. We love it here. It's a beautiful community. It's a wonderful place to live. It's an unbelievable place to raise children.”

The entire Weibrecht family was raised in Lake Placid. They have five children, 17 years apart between the youngest and oldest.

Of course, Andrew picked up the sport naturally, and now is back on the Olympic stage. It wasn't guaranteed that he'd make it again, but now that he's back and competing in Sochi, all eyes have been on him in Lake Placid.

"He's anxious, because he knows how good he is. But he also knows that at the level he's competing at now, you need to be strong, you need to be good and you need to be mentally all over it."

And just across the street from the Mirror Lake Inn is the cottage, another home for Andrew Weibrecht, a place where they've even named a drink after the warhorse himself.

"The drink the warhorse named after Andrew Weibrecht, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is actually his favorite beer on tap. And then our local English Strong Ale. It's made at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery."

But there isn't any horseplay for Andrew in Sochi this year. He's focused. He has to be at his best.

"And when you're on the edge, you have to be all the way over the edge as far as you can be without falling off, and that's a very fine balance. And it takes a lot of skill and it takes a lot of courage and mental determination to be in that spot because that's a scary spot to be."

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