Cuche wins in Canada; Weibrecht 13th
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LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – The U.S. Ski Team’s Andrew Weibrecht charged from the 62nd start position through heavy snow on the tricky Lake Louise downhill course to finish 12th in Saturday’s World Cup race. Switzerland’s Didier Cuche won to mark his 11th World Cup victory.
“I had a good run. I just hammered, skied clean, hit all the spots in the line and maybe got some good light before I went,” Weibrecht said. “I’ve never had a whole lot of success at Lake Louise. It’s not a track I like all that much, so it was great to get a good one in out here.”
It was the first downhill of the World Cup season. Rounding out the podium were Italy’s Werner Heel, who finished second, and Carlo Janka of Switzerland in third.
Men’s alpine head coach Sasha Rearick was impressed for Weibrecht to have skied from the back of the pack to 12th.
“Andrew skied fantastically. He was very aggressive from top to bottom. He had a bobble on the bottom flats, but besides that it was great skiing from the back,” Rearick said. “With a start number like that, it wasn’t easy and he did and amazing job.”
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The day of racing, however, was marred for much of the team as T.J. Lanning was injured when he crashed.
According to U.S. Ski Team medical director Richard Quincy, Lanning suffered an injury to his left knee. He was evacuated by helicopter from on-course to a clinic at the base of the mountain for preliminary observation and was transported to a hospital in Banff for further evaluation.
“What happened to T.J. is a bummer. He’s one of my really good buddies, so it definitely put a shadow over everything,” Weibrecht said.
“The rest of the guys all ran right after T.J. so it was really tough to put that out of their mind. It was a very long course hold and that was hard,” Rearick added.
Following Weibrecht for the U.S. were Bode Miller in 29th and Jeremy Transue in 50th.
The men move on to super-G racing today before heading down to Beaver Creek.