After earning just one podium finish over the first five alpine skiing events at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Team USA finally roared to life on Feb. 16 as Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller scored silver and bronze medals in the men's super-g at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, who earned bronze in the men's downhill, took the gold, while Jan Hudec tied with Miller to take Canada's first alpine medal of the Sochi Games, a duplicate bronze. Defending Vancouver Games champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished seventh.
Wearing bib number 13, Miller was the first of the medalists to ski, and posted a solid time of 1:18.67 with a run that featured just one small mistake. Eight competitors later, Jansrud posted a blistering finish time of 1:18.14 that bumped Miller to silver medal position, and Hudec immediately matched the American's mark. Weibrecht, who wore the number 29 bib, slipped into second place to complete the podium.
Miller's bronze is the sixth medal of his storied Olympic career, which began at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano. He entered the super-G in Sochi as the event's defending silver medalist, and is the United States' most decorated male skier in Olympic history.
Weibrecht, a two-time Olympian, earned the bronze medal in the super-G at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics continues Feb. 18 with the women's giant slalom.