Pre-Season Wedding March For Miller And Weibrecht
Bode Miller and Morgan Beck
Andrew Weibrecht and Denja Rand
This fall, the U.S. men’s alpine ski team quickly went from being a band of bachelors to seeing its two most recent Olympic medalists racing to the altar.
Within a five-week span, both Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht married athletes in their own rights.
On Oct. 7, five-time Olympic medalist Miller married pro beach volleyball player Morgan Beck on his yacht. On Sept. 2, in the middle of Labor Day weekend, 2010 super-G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht married former ski racer Denja (“DEN-ya”) Rand, on the shores of Lake Placid, New York.
News of their nuptials unfolded a bit like the grooms’ personalities.
Weibrecht was engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Rand, for 11 months without any fanfare.
Miller’s romance leaned toward speed and mystery – although he dropped a few details on social media. His wife divulged even more facts and the apparent timeline went something like this:
After the couple’s summer vacation at the London Olympics, Beck and Miller began living together on a houseboat on Sept. 12. One night, at around 1 a.m., while the couple was in bed, Miller proposed. The exact date is unclear, but Miller tweeted on Sept. 17, “I have found the one!!! And convinced her to marry me.” He added a smiley face and a photo of a large, sparkling engagement ring on Beck’s finger. By the time the tweet was posted, however, Miller was already at a U.S. team training camp in Portillo, Chile, and Beck was not with him so the announcement was clearly delayed.
Six days after the news went viral, Beck had selected her wedding dress. A day later, on Sept. 24, Miller returned from Chile, and on the 27th, Beck wrote that when they picked up their marriage certificate, Miller joked, “That's a bargain. I get you for $70 bucks."
Finally, on the evening of Oct. 7, Miller and Beck held a wedding on the back of their boat. Miller made the bouquet, and their naughty kitten stole a corner of the cake.
Weibrecht’s ceremony was more conventional but it, too, took place near the water.
With Lake Placid stretching behind him and Whiteface mountain standing tall in the background, the laid-back Weibrecht wore a pair of khakis and a navy blazer while he exchanged rings with Rand during a 15-minute outdoor ceremony officiated by his older sister, Kim, at the Whiteface Club and Resort.
Both Weibrecht and Rand had grown up ski racing at Whiteface, the 1980 Olympic alpine venue, but the scenery was just one of many Olympic connections to the wedding party. Rand’s father, Jay, was a ski jumper on the 1968 U.S. Olympic team. Weibrecht’s mother, Lisa, was a 1977 U.S. luge champion. And three other U.S. ski racers with top-10 Olympic finishes attended the ceremony: 2006 gold medalist Ted Ligety, Will Brandenburg, and Scott Macartney.
While Weibrecht had only stepped off a plane from training camp in Chile to New York two days before the ceremony, Macartney said Weibrecht “didn’t come across as exceptionally nervous.”
“It was really easy,” Weibrecht said, and his steady calm should continue to characterize the marriage. He and Rand had already endured seven years of long-distance dating when, in October 2011, he surprised Rand by proposing after a dinner with his family.
In July, Weibrecht’s brothers threw him a bachelor party at the Saratoga horse racing track. “I didn’t win anything,” Weibrecht said, “but I didn’t lose that much.”
Yet the honeymoon will have to wait.
Three days after the wedding, Rand was back in her car, driving 80 minutes from the couple’s house in Lake Placid to the State University of New York at Potsdam where she is pursuing her Master’s in childhood education.
And about a week after that, Weibrecht was off to Chile again for another training camp (the same one Miller attended when he tweeted about his own engagement).
Both newlywed men will likely miss the World Cup season opener, a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria on Oct. 28, however.
Weibrecht is six months removed from right-ankle surgery and is not a GS specialist. Instead, his first race as a married man will be at the downhill at Lake Louise, Canada, Nov. 24.
Miller, meanwhile, had a knee operation in late September, but is already ambulatory and could be ready to go (pending medical clearance) when the season begins to hit full stride in November and December.
Aimee Berg is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. This story was not subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee or any National Governing Bodies.