Deibold Sidelined For Beijing 2022
U.S. Snowboard Team rider and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold was injured during qualifying at the final FIS World Cup snowboardcross event at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, this past weekend. Deibold sustained a head injury that will require him to withdraw from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to allow for a full recovery.
Alex and his family are grateful for the care he is receiving and the support from their communities. Deibold shares, “While I’m grateful to know I’ll have a full recovery in the long run, I am obviously heartbroken to miss the Games.” He adds, “I feel pretty lucky to have all this medical staff helping me recover so quickly.”
“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,” says Snowboardcross Head Coach Peter Foley.
Deibold was coming off a phenomenal season, with twelve World Cup starts, ranking among the top 20 in FIS Points standings. Deibold was slated to travel with the U.S. Snowboardcross Team to Beijing 2022 to compete in his second Winter Olympics. In his debut appearance at Sochi 2014, Deibold had an incredible performance earning a bronze medal.
A member of the U.S. Snowboard Team since 2004, Deibold has been part of five World Championship U.S. snowboard teams, including 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2021.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard, his coaches, and his teammates wish Deibold a full recovery.