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Weibrecht to be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

April 5, 2019
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Upon concluding a ski racing career that included Olympic silver and bronze medals, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid will be among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials to be inducted Saturday night, April 6, into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Michigan-based organization will host their gala event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Weibrecht, son of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, recorded his medals in 2010 and 2014, both in Super G. He announced his retirement nearly one year ago, ending 16 years with the U.S. Ski Team.

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Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht smiles while Bethany Smith of Pennsylvania tries on his bronze and silver medals from the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics during her July 2017 visit to the Olympic Museum in Lake Placid.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Ski Hall of Fame," remarked Weibrecht. "It's a tremendous honor and I'm very excited that the voting commission felt my accomplishments worthy of recognition, especially within such an amazing group of ski industry powerhouses."

The Class of 2018 will also include Weibrecht's teammate, Bode Miller. In a series of unique quirks, they shared the Olympic podium in both Vancouver and Sochi, and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated together after the 2010 Games.

"I'm really excited to get out there and spend some time with the other inductees," Weibrecht continued. "Bode is a guy I skied with a lot, so it'll be fun to catch up with him."

Weibrecht and Miller will be joined by ski racing pioneer Don Henderson; Kristen Ulmer, the first female extreme skier; mogul skier Hilary Engisch-Klein, who won 35 World Cup events; former USSA Vice President of Communications Tom Kelly; snow sports inventor and entrepreneur Tom Sims; and resort executive Bill Jensen.

Since stepping out of the sport, Weibrecht has embarked on the completion of his degree at Dartmouth College, and has gotten more involved in various aspects of the AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn operation. Exclusive "Ski with Andrew" packages were offered this season.

Lake Placid organizations such as the Mirror Lake Inn, Olympic Regional Development Authority, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, New York Ski Educational Foundation and Northwood School have supported Andrew and the induction event with commemorative advertising buys. The family also purchased a table at the induction.

For many years throughout his international career, Weibrecht was an official Lake Placid ambassador, displaying the village's brand on his helmet during World Cup and World Championship events.

"The whole community here has been supportive," said Weibrecht. "This is another exciting thing I've been able to take part in. It's always fun. It's amazing to be from this community, to be an athlete. This might be one of the last things I'll go through, but it's been great."

But maybe none greater than having those closest to him in Utah this weekend.

"So much of the time I spent on the road racing, nobody was really there in terms of family. To be able to share this with them, it's going to be a lot of fun, and I'm really looking forward to that aspect of it. We'll spend some time and just ski together as a group, just for fun. It'll be great to have them out there. I'm really looking forward to that."



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