BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Early in his career, U.S. skier Andrew Weibrecht constantly flirted with the line between foolhardy and fast on a downhill course.
He took chances few would even contemplate for the sake of more speed.
That aggressiveness eventually caught up to him. Since winning a surprise Olympic bronze medal four years ago in Vancouver, Weibrecht has blown out each ankle and gone through surgeries on both shoulders. He also lost his sponsorship from the U.S. Ski Team for lackluster results.
Finally healthy — not counting a recently bruised shin — the skier nicknamed "Warhorse" is ready to charge again in Beaver Creek. He's hoping to show that he indeed deserves a spot on the team for the Sochi Games, and that he can possibly be a medal contender again.