LFF Recipient Alex Deibold Earns Olympic Bronze
April 30, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Alex Deibold went to the Vancouver Games four years ago, not as a snowboard cross racer, but as a wax technician. He had failed to make the U.S. Olympic team and wanted to support his teammates, so he spent his time doing the grunt work behind the scenes, a career snowboard journeyman privately vowing that the next time he would be on his own board, not waxing other people’s.
In spitting rain and heavy fog, 27-year-old Deibold, a former Branford, Conn., resident transplanted to Park City, Utah, spent Tuesday morning waxing nothing but the odds, capturing a surprise bronze medal with a late-race surge at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
“I’ve gone through surgeries and had a lot of low points,” Deibold said. “I remember what it was like to be there. So to be here and wrap the flag around myself, all that stuff doesn’t seem like a damn thing.”