Pin it Alex Deibold
“I've missed the podium pretty narrowly over the last couple of years. But now all the pieces are coming together.”

Career highlights

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January 2005

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Deibold's First X Games

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2006

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Deibold Finishes 3rd at Nor-Am Cup

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February 2007

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Deibold Podiums at U.S. Championships
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Alex Deibold

Career highlights

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January 2005

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Deibold's First X Games
His first season on the team, Deibold earns an invite to compete at the X Games in Aspen, CO, and places 12th.

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2006

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Deibold Finishes 3rd at Nor-Am Cup
The rookie continues to perform well, securing a podium win for the first time as a U.S. National Team member at the race held in Avila, Canada.

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February 2007

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Deibold Podiums at U.S. Championships
He gets to stand alongside teammate Nick Baumgartner who took home first at the Tamarack Resort event in Idaho.

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February 2013

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Deibold Has a Breakthrough at World Cup
After 32 World Cup starts and six top 10 finishes throughout his career, Deibold finally makes it to the World Cup podium with 2nd place at the Olympic preview event in Sochi.

While most Olympic athletes have their sights on gold at a young age, Alex Deibold didn't even know that the U.S. Snowboarding Team recruited snowboard cross athletes until they approached him right after graduating high school in 2004.

The sport, which consists of a group of snowboarders racing for time on a snowy mountain track riddled with obstacles, had been part of the Winter X Games since 1997, but it wasn’t designated an Olympic event until 2003, when it was announced that snowboard cross would debut at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. As soon as the national team was awarded funds to develop rising stars, they signed Deibold on the spot.

“I remember getting fourth in boardercross at a U.S. Grand Prix event held at Mammoth in California. That's when they named me to the national team. All of the sudden, I had coaches and a season pass. I thought, 'Alright, so this is what I'm doing,’” admits the Manchester, VT, native, who trains in Park City, UT, and spends summers in Boulder, CO. While the 6’2”, 190-pound Sochi-hopeful initially preferred other disciplines within the freestyle family, specifically the halfpipe, he wasn't ready to pass up his opportunity to professionally train full-time.

“Boardercross was never a focus of mine growing up. I competed in it because my high school coaches at Stratton Mountain School wanted me to be a well-rounded freestyle athlete,” reveals Deibold, who's been playing in the snow since his mom gave him his first Burton board for Christmas at age 4.

Though he has been on the team for 10 years, he doesn't quite feel like one of the veterans yet. “I still look up to a lot of my teammates. Seth Westcott is 10 years older than me and he's won the last two Olympic gold medals,” he says. “You don't really hit your stride until your late 20s in this sport because you have to have so many races under your belt before you can really excel.” At age 27, Deibold feels that he's finally starting to hit his stride just in time for Sochi.

“I've missed the podium pretty narrowly the last few of years. But now all the pieces are coming together. I had my first World Cup podium last season in Russia at the Olympic preview event, which was awesome,” he says. “I just did the things that I knew how to do. It felt really good and rewarding, but it also made me hungrier. Now that I know that I can do this, I just want more.”

Crushing it in Sochi last season doesn't improve his odds of making the Olympic team, but it does bode well for him if he makes it.

This would be Deibold's first-ever Winter Games as a competitor; in 2010, he went to Vancouver as a backup and as a wax technician for the team. “It was pretty cool to see the Olympic experience without having the pressure to compete. If I do qualify for Sochi, I will have a pretty big advantage over people who've never been,” he says. Not to mention, the mental advantage of already winning silver at the Sochi World Cup.  —Cristina Goyanes

Trivia

Pre-race dinner
“The team tradition is to go out for sushi, when we can."
Power music
“I've been really into Dubstep, like Skrillex or Deadmau5, lately.”
Fave breakfast
“I'm a huge fan of eggs. I'll eat three or four.”
Relationship status
Taken! His girlfriend is a halfpipe coach in Colorado.