A knee injury caused Tommy Biesemeyer to miss the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, while Andrew Weibrecht came back from a series of injures to not only qualify but also earn an unlikely second Olympic medal at those Games.
Now both alpine skiers will be competing together at next month’s PyeongChang Winter Games.
They clinched berths on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team based on the world cup rankings following the super-G world cup on Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Weibrecht was 24th and Biesemeyer 26, leaving them with 30 and 36 super-G world cup points, respectively this season.
Weibrecht, or “War Horse,” has built a reputation for rising to the occasion at the Olympic Winter Games. In 2010, he came out of virtually nowhere to win the super-G bronze medal at his Olympic debut, and in 2014, he came back and upset teammate Bode Miller for the silver medal in Sochi. That came after four years of injuries and illnesses – and never having finished on the world cup podium.
In doing so, he became one of just five U.S. men to win multiple Olympic medals in alpine skiing, joining Ted Ligety, Phil Mahre, Miller and Tommy Moe.
With that trajectory, will Weibrecht build on his bronze and silver to win gold in PyeongChang?
Biesemeyer will be competing at his first Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang after a knee injury derailed his Olympic dreams in 2014. He returned to action for the 2014-15 season, and had a career-best eighth-place finish two years later in December 2016 in Santa Caterina, Italy.
The 28-year-old (turns 29 on Jan. 30) from Keene, New York, had a season-best 18th-place finish in super-G at the Val Gardena, Italy, world cup in December.
Weibrecht, 31, from Olympic host city Lake Placid, New York, had won two Olympic medals before claiming his first podium finish on the world cup circuit in December 2015 when he was third in Beaver Creek. The following month, he was second in Kitzbuehel. So far this season, he’s picked up two 21st-place finishes, in November at Lake Louise in Alberta and then at Beaver Creek in December.