Bode Miller Breaks Down at Olympics After Being Prodded About Dead Brother
Bode Miller broke down in tears after an NBC reporter prodded him about his dead brother during the Sochi Olympics on Sunday.
The skier, who had just tied for the bronze medal in the men’s super-G, began crying when Christin Cooper asked him whether the race was for his brother Chelone “Chilly” Miller.
Chilly, also a snowboarder, died last year of an apparent seizure.
Cooper asked, “Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?” He responded, “A lot, obviously. A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.” Cooper then prodded, “I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games, how much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?”
Miller replied, “I mean, I don’t know it’s really for him. But I wanted to come here and uh — I don’t know, I guess make my self proud,” before pausing and wiping away tears. The athlete then put his head down and cried, while Cooper patted his back and whispered, “Sorry.”
Many people on Twitter criticized Cooper for her purported insensitivity, but Miller said it was not her fault. The skier tweeted, “I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment.” Miller, a multiple Olympic medal winner, may retire after this year’s Winter Games.
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