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TURIN — A two-time Olympic medalist from Lake Placid will bring a message of dedication and perseverance to Snow Ridge Ski Resort in mid-April.

“Everything is so much about the process,” said Andrew Weibrecht, 28, who in February earned a silver medal in the super giant slalom ski race at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “It’s about the journey. Staying positive and staying true through the whole journey.”

Mr. Weibrecht — who called earning his second Olympic medal “super-inspiring for me and, overall, very emotional” — is slated to be at Snow Ridge April 19 for skiing and a buffet dinner.

“I’m excited to come back and see everyone,” said the Lake Placid native, who, in 2003 at the age of 17, won the Oneida Silversmiths race at the Lewis County ski area.

Weather permitting, those who arrive at 2 p.m. may participate in a two-hour “ski on the hill with Andrew” session for the cost of a $10 lift ticket. Snow Ridge season passes will be honored.

“Everybody wants the snow to go,” said Jean M. Demko of the Snow Ridge Ski Club. “Now, we want the snow to stay.”

A meet-and-greet session will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by a buffet dinner featuring roast beef and turkey in the Wax House.

After dinner, Mr. Weibrecht will speak and field questions from audience members.

The cost of the buffet, including tax and tip, is $22.50 for adults and $14.25 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations can be made through April 14 by calling Snow Ridge at 348-8456 or Mrs. Demko at 376-3215. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Sponsors for the day’s events include Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Snow Ridge Ski Club and Steele’s Ace Home Center in Lowville.

The Lake Placid native in 2010 earned a bronze medal in the super-G at the Vancouver Olympics in Canada. However, during the next four years, he struggled with various illnesses and injuries and finished no better than 10th place in World Cup races.

“It was a slow road back,” Mr. Weibrecht said. “It seemed like every time I’d get really going, I’d get hurt again.”

However, his perseverance paid off in a big way in February in the Olympic super-G race, when he finished just behind gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud in Sochi and ahead of U.S. teammate Bode Miller and Canada’s Jan Hudec, who tied for the bronze medal.

Mr. Weibrecht hopes to convey through his talk the importance of overcoming adversity, particularly to younger skiers.

“That’s something I feel our society is lacking a little bit,” he said. “There is that fear of failure, and people just stop trying.”

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