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Lake Placid enjoying local athlete's success

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It's been a good Olympic games for athletes who call Upstate New York home. Last week, Erin Hamlin of Remsen won a bronze medal in singles luge, and this weekend, Andrew Weibrecht took the podium with a silver in Super-G skiing. And as our Matt Jarchow found out, all of Lake Placid is enjoying their hometown athlete's success.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Andrew Weibrecht has become an expert on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain.

He has been training there since he was 7 years old.

The skier has also become an expert on the slopes in Sochi, where he's been skiing for about two weeks.

And where he won a silver medal in Super-G with a time of 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Every second of which kept Whiteface Mountain staff on the edge of their seats.

"I've seen him in that position before, and I was just hoping he stayed in the green the whole way down," NYSEF coach Jim Johnston said. "I was yelling at my TV set as loud as I could."

Had Weibrecht been on his local slopes at Whiteface Monday, he would have been joined by hundreds of kids wanting to follow in his footsteps.

An Olympic medalist. A local hero.

"It's inspirational for our kids for our program," Johnston said. "It's a real shot in the arm every four years when he gets a medal. Our program really gets a big boost out of it."

But it's not just people on the slopes enjoying the local Olympic success. Weibrecht's parents threw a party at the hotel they own in Lake Placid after their son's silver medal run.

Even if not everybody made the celebration, they're all cheering for their own.

"Walk down Lake Placid," ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin said. "I guarantee you in every shop there's a TV on any of the Olympic networks rooting for the athletes who have been raised here in Lake Placid or who have come here to train here and compete."

Soon the athletes will return home from Sochi with their hardware.

Safe to say the party will still be going.

From Andrew Weibrecht's Twitter account:

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