Team USA’s Alex Deibold (Manchester Center, VT) waited patiently for the right time, making a strategic move late in the finals to take bronze in the Olympic snowboardcross on a rainy Tuesday in Rosa Khutor. France’s Pierre Vaultier took gold with Russia’s Nikolay Olyunin in silver. The snowboardcross race will air on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be streamed in its entirety onNBCOlympics.com. Next up, men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding events are set for Wednesday Feb. 19.
U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Snowboardcross at Canyons Finals / Photo Sarah Brunson
In Tuesday’s event, rookie Trevor Jacob (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and Deibold went head to head in the semifinal, when Deibold barely snuck by Jacob in the final and advanced to the big final. Jacob then advanced to the small final and rode into ninth place.
Alex quotes about his Olympic performance, ”It’s kind of hard to put this stuff into words, but in Vancouver four years ago I was a wax technician for my teammates Nate, Seth (Wescott), Nick and Graham (Watanabe). I competed that year and my results weren’t good enough to qualify me for the team so they brought me along to support. It was grueling work but it was a situation that I’m grateful for. It really gave me motivation over the last four years; I’ve gone through some surgeries and I’ve had a lot of low points where I’ve doubted what I’m doing. I remembered what it was like to be there, and to be sitting here in front of you guys, to stand on top of the podium today and to wrap the flag around myself, all that sacrifice and hard work were more than worth it”.