ZHANGJIAKOU, China (Reuters) – American Alex Deibold, who won bronze in his debut snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, will miss the Beijing Games after suffering a head injury in a weekend competition in Italy, U.S. Ski and Snowboard said on Tuesday.
In a statement, Deibold said he was “heartbroken” to miss the Games but was grateful that he is expected to make a full recovery. Deibold has been part of five World Championship U.S. snowboard teams.
(Reporting by Mari Saito; editing by Richard Pullin)