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Bode Miller's Emotional Post-Race Interview Has Viewers Rushing To Miller's Defense

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02/17/2014 11:10 am
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Bode Miller's Emotional Post-Race Interview Has Viewers Rushing To Miller's Defense
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Denise Heard-Bashur

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@DRHBashur At the end of Sunday’s men’s super-G at the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia an obviously emotional Bode Miller, having just won the bronze medal, was interviewed by NBC reporter Christin Cooper. Cooper, seemingly trying to coax Miller into talking about his late brother, Chelone, whom he lost last year, was persistent in her questions regarding Miller’s thoughts during and after the race. Miller eventually succumbed to tears and knelt down, unable to answer Cooper’s final question. According to The New York Times, NBC cameras continued to roll for a full 75 seconds as they followed Miller, tears still flowing, as he made his way over to his wife. Subsequently no interview was conducted with the gold medalist, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway. Not only did Cooper’s pushiness anger several viewers, as reported by The Sporting News, but many were appalled that NBC still chose to air the exchange during its primetime broadcast even after having hours to consider whether it was appropriate or not to do so. Despite the general outrage, Miller later came to Cooper’s defense on Twitter in two separate tweets stating,
Via Bode Miller's Twitter Via Bode Miller's Twitter
Miller’s bronze medal on Sunday is the sixth medal in his Olympic career.  This puts him in second place, along with Bonnie Blair, for most medals ever won by a U.S. Winter Olympic athlete. In first place is Apolo Anton Ohno with eight medals.  

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