US skier Bode Miller won bronze in the Super G which took place on Sunday … but during the post-race interview, a reporter prodded him with so many questions about his dead brother that he broke down in tears.
Miller – who made history by being the most decorated Olympic skier ever – was constantly asked questions about whether his bronze medal win was for his dead brother Chilly, who passed away last year of an apparent seizure.
‘Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?’ NBC’s Christin Cooper asked the already uncomfortable Miller, who replied, ‘A lot, obviously. A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.’
‘I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games,’ Cooper pressed. ‘How much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?’
‘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,’ replied the teary-eyed Olympian before bowing his head to weep.
All Cooper could do was to pat him in the back and say ‘sorry’ … and her actions understandably earned her some intense criticism in the social media, with many accusing her of being insensitive.
However Miller tweeted in her defense later on, ‘I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment.’