NBC’s Interview of Bode Miller Goes Too Far
American skier Bode Miller had just won the bronze medal in the super G when NBC’s Christin Cooper began to interview him.
It was the sixth Olympic medal of Miller’s career and an emotional moment as he remembered his younger brother who died of an apparent seizure last year.
With Miller on verge of tears Cooper asked about his brother again and again.
The interview ended with Miller in tears and unable to answer any more questions.
Miller was the first to bring up his brother in the interview.
Asking a follow-up question was fair, but the questions went too far, especially considering how emotional Miller was.
Here’s a transcript of the interview:
Cooper: What does this one mean to you in terms of all of the others?
Miller: This was a little different. I think, you know, my brother passing away, I really wanted to come back here and race, you know, 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: I mean, a lot, obviously. Just a long struggle coming in here and just a tough year.
Cooper: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly really experiencing these games and 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 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?
With that last question Miller was done. He bent over and rested his head and arm on a fence.
Later Miller reached out on Twitter.
Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother.
— Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 16, 2014
Congratulations to Bode Miller on the bronze medal and on an amazing career.