Oak Mountain Ski Center hosts meet and greet for Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht

SPECULATOR – Winter sports fans could be happy this season because of black woolly bear caterpillars spottings and bee hives built high in the trees.

Owner of Oak Mountain Ski Center Laura O’Brien said these are predictors of a snowy winter. In an effort to prepare people for the season, the facility is hosting a free meet-and-greet with two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht. The event will take place Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m., in the base lodge of the building.

O’Brien, who is also vice president of marketing and sales for Oak Mountain, said this is a first time event.

“We kind of wanted to inspire the kids, that dreams do come true. It shows motivation and drive. There are great opportunities out there,” O’Brien said.

Weibrecht, the 30-year-old from Lake Placid, became a full-time World Cup racer during the 2008 season, according to a release.

During the World Championships in 2009, he completed in three events. He finished 39th in the super-G event.

The release stated Weibrecht finished 21st in the downhill at Whistler Creekside at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He also won the bronze medal in the super-G and the silver medal in the super-G in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

O’Brien said people can have conversations, autographs and photos with Weibrecht during the event.

“It will be really casual. It’s an event to get people excited for the winter,” she said.

The event is open to the public. She hopes Oak Mountain could continue to hold events like this.

“One of the reasons we do what we do is we want [kids] to start at a small ski area. We don’t want anyone to miss out on anything. [ Weibrecht will show the kids ] you can be from a small area and do big things,” O’Brien said.

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