Bode Miller became the oldest Olympic Alpine medalist after tying for bronze in the men’s super-G race at Sochi, but the performance was outshone by a reporter who brought him to tears post-race. NBC correspondent Christen Cooper interviewed the skier whose total of six Olympic medals throughout his career turned him into the world’s second highest winner on the men’s Alpine medal list. Although the skier did not blame Cooper for the “avalanche” of questions with regard to his brother’s death that occurred last year, the Internet exploded with anger at the reporter and took Miller’s side.
Bode Miller, 36, the oldest person to win an alpine media at the Olympic Games and the most medalled skier in history, was brought to tears post-race, after former Olympic racer Cooper fired countless invasive questions at him regarding the death of his brother until he crouched to the ground, unable to finish the interview. Although Miller started the discussion about his brother, Chilly, a professional snowboarder who died of an apparent seizure reportedly related to a brain injury from an old motorcycle accident, Cooper continued with the questions and the camera zoomed in tight as tears were rolling down Bode Miller’s cheeks.
Miller, who stated that this will be his last Olympics, was overwhelmed by his brother’s sudden death, especially since the two siblings were planning to participate together in the Sochi games. USA Today published the transcript of the interview in which the reporter brought the skier to tears post-race.
“When you’re looking up in the sky at the start, we see you there and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody,” Cooper told Miller before the skier fell to his knees and spent a few moments resting his hands and head on the fence that was separating the interviewee from the harsh interviewer.
The Oldest Olympic Alpine Medalist Defends the Reporter
After people around the world tweeted remarks with regard to Cooper’s lack of heart and professionalism, Bode Miller defended the reporter who brought him to tears post-race via Twitter, expressing his appreciation towards the people who supported him and urging them not to be harsh with the correspondent.
“My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have,” Miller said. “Pushing is part of it, she wasn’t trying to cause pain.”
Irrespective of the skier’s gentle tweet, both professionals and viewers blamed Cooper for causing Bode Miller to break down in tears. Wife Morgan rushed to his side to comfort him and told the press that her husband is “resilient,” a trait which shows his commitment to winning a medal after the hard year he experienced. Apart from his brother’s death, Miller has also been fighting for custody of his son and trying to recover from a knee surgery.
Bode Miller, who now has sole possession of second place on men’s Alpine medal list in the history of the Olympic Games has been brought to tears by a reporter post-race. Soon after, people blamed Cooper via social media for being too intrusive. The skier is scheduled to compete in the men’s slalom and giant slalom in the coming days in Sochi, but all eyes could now be on Bode Miller after the emotional breakdown the correspondent caused.
By Gabriela Motroc