Lake Placid, NY-
From a Silver Medal in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, to a Bronze Medal in Vancouver, to the cover of Sports Illustrated, the sport of skiing has been good to Andrew Weibrecht. And it all started in his hometown of Lake Placid.
"It was clear that he was different, pretty much from the beginning. How old was he when he skied all of Whiteface?"
This was the first question Ed Weibrecht asked aloud when Fox44/ABC22 first sat down with him and his wife Lisa Weibrecht, Andrew’s parents.
"He was three,” Lisa was quick to reply, “and he was skiing top to bottom at Whiteface."
"And if you can ski top to bottom at Whiteface then you can ski anywhere in the world and not feel uncomfortable."
Ed and Lisa are no strangers to the Olympics. They Call Lake Placid, the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games their home. Together, they own and run the Mirror Lake Inn.
"It was a private home in the late 1800's, it was converted into a rooming house in the 1920's."
They feel blessed to be able to bring the best of Lake Placid to thousands of visitors every year.
"Oh it's our home. We love it here. It's a beautiful community. It's a wonderful place to live. It's an unbelievable place to raise children.
The entire Weibrecht family was raised in Lake Placid. They have five children, 17 years apart between the youngest and oldest. If you ask Ed and Lisa what life was like raising their family, it’s an easy response..
"It was a circus. We would school them in the morning. And then in the afternoons we'd all go skiing as a family. That was kind of our family activity."
Of course, Andrew picked up the sport naturally, and now he is back on the Olympic Stage. It wasn’t guaranteed that he would make it on to Team USA again. But now that he’s back and competing in Sochi, all eyes have been on him in Lake Placid.
"He's anxious, because he knows how good he is. But he also knows that at the level he's competing at now, you need to be strong, you need to be good and you need to be mentally all over it."
There’s even a drink named after Andrew Weibrecht at ‘The Cottage’ a bar and tavern across the street from the Mirror Lake Inn. It has the same name as his nickname, ‘The Warhorse’.
But there isn’t any horseplay for Andrew in Sochi this year. He’s focued, he knows he has to be at his very best.
"And when you're on the edge, you have to be all the way over the edge as far as you can be without falling off. And that's a very fine balance. And it takes a lot of skill and it takes a lot of courage and mental determination to be in that spot because that's a scary spot to be."