On Tuesday morning, Alex Deibold of the United States won a bronze medal in the men’s snowboard cross, and he dedicated his achievement at the 2014 Winter Olympics to U.S. skiing star Bode Miller’s late brother, Chelone, and their entire family.
“We lost Chelone Miller last spring. He died of a seizure. I’d like to dedicate this medal to Chelone,” Deibold said, via Yahoo Sports. ”I know he’s up there looking down on us. He was the embodiment of snowboarding, and he always had a smile on his face. I just want to take this chance to dedicate this to him and his family.”
Bode Miller won a bronze medal of his own over the weekend that he also dedicated to his brother, so it is great to see Team USA coming together to show their support and remember Chelone in a positive way.
While the medal count and great athletic performances at the Olympics are always appealing, there is nothing quite like the sportsmanship and honor that the athletes compete with as they embody the true Olympic spirit.
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