ZHANGJIAKOU, China (AP) — American snowboardcross rider Alex Deibold withdrew from the Beijing Olympics following a head injury he suffered at a World Cup race last weekend in Italy.
A onetime wax technician, Deibold earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in snowboardcross.
“While I’m grateful to know I’ll have a full recovery in the long run, I am obviously heartbroken to miss the Games,” the 35-year-old Deibold said in a statement Wednesday.
Added snowboardcross coach Peter Foley, “Alex is a huge asset to the team and always a big event medal contender, so it’s incredibly disappointing he won’t be able to compete.”
Deibold has been a member of the U.S. snowboard team since 2004. He has recorded six top-three finishes at World Cup races in his career.
One of Deibold's most memorable races resulted in a bronze in Sochi, when he finished behind Pierre Vaultier of France and Nikolay Olyunin of Russia.
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