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Jan Hudec, Olympic bronze medalist skier, switches from Canada to Czech Republic

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Co-Olympic super-G bronze medalist Jan Hudec was granted a request by Alpine Canada to represent the Czech Republic next season after being left off Canada’s national team.

Hudec, 34, wasn’t eligible for Canada’s national team after racing once in 2015-16 due to the latest of his many knee surgeries, according to Alpine Canada.

“It is important to know that we continued to work with Jan after the team selection was announced, and let him know that we were more then willing to find accommodation that would enable him to return to the team,” Alpine Canada said in a press release. “However, at this stage of Jan’s career, he is making a decision that can best meet his desire to fulfill and lead a different way of life, that reaches beyond ski racing.”

The International Ski Federation must still grant Hudec’s request. Hudec was born in the Czech Republic.

At the Sochi Olympics, Hudec shared bronze with Bode Miller in the super-G. He is also the 2007 World Championships downhill silver medalist and a two-time winner of World Cup races.

The 2016-17 Alpine skiing World Cup season is expected to begin in Soelden, Austria, in late October.

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Bode Miller ties for bronze to break U.S. record; Andrew Weibrecht surprises for silver

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Bode Miller, 36, showed flashes of former brilliance in Sochi and finally put it all together in the super-G. He put together a vintage performance to tie Canada’s Jan Hudec for bronze on Sunday, making some history in the process.

Even so, he wasn’t the highest finishing U.S. skier, as Andrew Weibrecht shocked for a silver medal.

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This represents Miller’s sixth career Olympic medal, the most of any U.S. Alpine skier. Only Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt has won more medals in Alpine skiing overall. The significance was not lost on him, as he wept on the course following his strong run:

It wasn’t shocking that Norway took gold, but some may be surprised that Kjetil Jansrud was the man who took it, although he’s had a fantastic run in the 2014 Olympics. He’ll add this gold to a bronze from men’s downhill.

Again, to say that Weibrecht’s run was unexpected is putting things lightly. Then again, NBC’s Nick Zaccardi indicates that he’s developing a reputation for big outputs in big moments: