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ORDA athletes kick off season on world stage

December 1, 2011
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - While most of us were enjoying turkey, football and family during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a number of Lake Placid area and ORDA supported athletes were competing in World Cup and international events around the globe. Here's how they fared.


Alpine Skiing

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Eric Schramm/U.S. Ski Team
Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid trains with the U.S. Ski Team on Golden Peak in Vail, Colo. on Nov. 8. Weibrecht is back in action after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury.

Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, Tommy Beisemeyer of Keene: The alpine World Cup series opened in Lake Louise, Canada. In Saturday's, Nov. 27, men's super-G, Weibrecht, the 2010 Olympic Super G bronze medalist, earned World Cup points after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. He finished 30th. Beisemeyer, the reigning NorAm men's overall super combined champion, did not finish the race.

Weibrecht and Beisemeyer are off to Beaver Creek, Colo. for this week's Audi Birds of Prey World Cup.



Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, Tim Burke of Paul Smiths: The IBU Biathlon World Cup series opens Thursday, Dec. 1, in Ostersund, Sweden. Bailey and Burke headline the American squad.



John Napier of Lake Placid: Bobsled's Europa-Cup series visited Koenigssee, Germany over the weekend. Napier, a 2010 Olympian, piloted his two-man sled to a fifth place finish, Saturday, Nov. 26, before driving to a 13th place result in Sunday's four-man event.

The World Cup tour begins this weekend, Dec. 2-4, in Igls, Austria.


Nordic Combined

Bill Demong of Vermontville: High winds in Kuusamo, Finland forced officials to cancel the nordic combined jump Saturday, Nov. 26, and instead used Friday's provisional round for seeding.

Demong was 30th in that round and started his ski more than three minutes back. The two-time Olympic medalist was the 11th fastest skier on the course and was 19th overall. The series moves on to Lillehammer, Norway for a pair of events this weekend.



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