Miller, Weibrecht finish 2-3 for U.S. in men's super-G
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the men's super-G today in 1:30.34 -- his second medal of the Vancouver Games -- but nearly as significant was the 2-3 finish of Americans Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht.
Miller, who took bronze in the men's downhill earlier this week, and Weibrecht gave the United States ski team six medals through four races so far in Vancouver. It's the most an American team has ever won in Olympic alpine skiing -- and there are six races left.
2:36 pm: American Andrew Weibrecht, third to start, finishes in 1:30.65, giving him the lead for now.
2:38: If you ski, you might know the term "yard sale." Italy's Peter Fill just had one, crashing through the final gate and sliding down toward the finish line. Four racers so far, two DNFs (Did Not Finish).
2:48: After a promising start, Ted Ligety of the U.S. loses the line in the lower third of the course and finishes with the fifth-best time so far. Weibrecht still leads.
BTW, The Vancouver2010 site is updating all the times here.
2:52: Patrick Staudacher of Italy moves into second, finishing just 0.09 seconds behind Weibrecht.
2:56: Bode Miller takes the lead -- just barely. He finishes in 1:30.62, 0.03 faster than his teammate, Weibrecht. And right after Miller, Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis loses it and is out. A surprise, good for the Americans.
3:08: Swiss veteran Didier Cuche is about to start. If you were able to listen to live commentary from an Olympic skiing event (how could that happen?), the commentators might say that the snow is getting softer as it gets warmer. Again, good for the Americans.
3:10 Cuche can't get it done. He misses Miller's time by 0.44 -- which puts him in seventh. The top four are separated by 0.12 seconds. Really tight.
3:13 Italy's Werner Heel just misses, too -- 1:30.67. So Americans Miller and Weibrecht are 1-2, and Italians Heel, Innerhofer and Staudacher are 3-4-5. Our man Barry Svrluga at Whistler says the ones left to watch are Svindal (NOR, going now) and Defago (SUI, coming up in a few).
3:17: Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway does it -- he takes the lead with a run of 1:30.34. The commentators you might hear if you were able to watch Olympic skiing live call him "The Big Viking." The best Miller can hope for is silver now ...
3:22 Didier DeFago of Switzerland, one of the last real contenders and the gold medalist in the downhill, finishes in 1:31.43 -- that's 15th place. Miller and Weibrecht still sit in second and third, respectively, behind The Big Viking.
3:33 Seeds are done, and it's still Svindal-Miller-Weibrecht. Svindal, it should be noted, won the silver in the downhill.
3:40 Longtime Swedish skiing standout Patrik Jaerbyn has a really nasty wreck. Didn't move for a little while, but he is moving now. Whew.
Meantime, the leaders are taking congratulations at the bottom of the hill. Really unlikely any of the remaining skier will catch them. But there are 34 to go (!).
3:44 Perhaps I understated the seriousness of Jaerbyn's injury/injuries. Race is still being held up as they attend to him. Announcers on feed you'll never see say a helicopter is coming.
3:52 We're still waiting for racing to resume. The story of this race should be Svindal's great run and second medal, but from the American persepctive, Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht (especially Weibrecht) taking medals is a big deal. And how about the U.S. performance in alpine skiing so far? This would be the medal count, assuming results hold in the Super G:
United States -- 6 medals, 1 gold
Norway -- 2 medals, 1 gold
Switzerland -- 1 medal, 1 gold
Germany -- 1 medal, 1 gold
Austria -- 1 medal
Sweden -- 1 medal
4:09: We are racing again. To get a feel for why it is essentially over (with Aksel "Big Viking" Svindal of Norway in first, Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S. in second and third, respectively), the first guys two go after the delay were:
- Marco Buechel (Lichtenstein) -- DNF
- Petr Zahrobsky (Czech Rep.) -- finished 3.49 seconds behind Svindal's time
- Jan Hudec (Canada) -- 1.75 seconds back
- Edward Drake (Great Britain) -- 2.86 back
- Jono Brauer (Australia) 2.58 back
You have to finish within 0.50 seconds of Svindal to get into the top nine. So it's probably not going to happen ...
4:27: Just 20 more racers to go. The fastest skier since Jaerbyn's wreck is in 22nd place.
4:44 Almost done. Nothing has changed.
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