Deibold waxes lyrical after bronze medal
By Philip O'Connor
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Four years ago in Vancouver, Alex Deibold's job was waxing snowboards for his American team mates but on Tuesday at the Sochi Games he sailed past them all to win an Olympic bronze.
There were others on the team considered to have stronger medal chances in snowboard cross than the 27-year-old from New Haven, Connecticut but none of them made the final.
Deibold avoided the bumps, thumps and wipeouts on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course to place third in each of his four runs, the final one delivering an Olympic medal.
"I tried not to think too far ahead," a smiling Deibold told a news conference.
"It's the small things, the attention to detail. Even when I showed up this morning I never thought about the podium."
Deibold's Sochi success was rooted in his participation as a wax technician in Vancouver four years ago, where he prepared the boards of the Olympic riders.
"In 2010, I enjoyed the moment," he told a news conference. "But I certainly looked back on 2010 quite a bit, usually as motivation."
U.S. team leader Nate Holland watched Deibold's final run from the bottom of the slope and helped lift him in the air in celebration when he crossed the line third. Continued...