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Connecticut snowboarder must sit out Olympics due to injury

Sochi Olympics Medals Ceremony Snowboard Men
David Goldman
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Associated Press
Men's snowboard cross bronze medalist Alex Deibold of the United States smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

The Winter Olympic Games officially began Thursday, but one high-profile local competitor from Connecticut has withdrawn due to an injury.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.