A reporter from NBC News, either displaying a tremendous invasive rudeness or trying to drum up drama for the network whose ratings for the Olympics are down, pressed a very emotional issue with American alpine skier Bode Miller after he won a bronze medal on Sunday and brought the oldest man to ever medal in Olympic alpine skiing to tears.
Miller, who won the bronze medal in Sunday’s men’s Olympic super-G event, lost his brother, Chilly, last year after an apparent seizure.
NBC’s Christin Cooper, interviewing Miller who was all smiles at the start, pushed him over the edge:
MILLER: This was a little different. With my brother passing away, I really wanted to come back here and race the way he sends it. So this was a little different.
COOPER: Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?
MILLER: (beginning to tear up) A lot, obviously. A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.
COOPER: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games, how much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?
MILLER: 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 myself proud.
COOPER: When you’re looking up in the sky at the start, we see you there and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?
At that point, Miller completely broke down as the camera followed him moving away to weep by himself.