Connecticut snowboarder must sit out Olympics due to injury
The Winter Olympic Games officially began Thursday, but one high-profile local competitor from Connecticut has withdrawn due to an injury.
American snowboarder Alex Deibold said he’s heartbroken to miss this year’s games.
The 35-year-old Branford native suffered a head injury at a World Cup race last weekend in Italy and will need extended time to recover.
Peter Foley, Deibold’s coach, said he’s a huge asset to the team, yet disappointed that he will not be able to compete in Beijing.
Deibold has recorded six top-three finishes at World Cup races in his career and has been a member of five World Championship U.S. snowboard teams.
He won a bronze medal at the 2014 games in Russia.