Deibold still riding momentum of Sochi podium

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 12:07 PM

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Alex Deibold's tweet after winning World Cup silver at Sochi earlier this month summed up his career to date:

"31 starts, 300,000 miles flown, two surgeries, countless hours of training and hard work and it was all worth it."

And he still had enough characters to add "finally."

It was a breakthrough performance for one of the nicest guys on tour and makes the 26-year-old a favorite this week at the U.S. Grand Prix snowboardcross championships at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

The memory of that pre-Olympic test also should provide a mental advantage should Deibold qualify for the Sochi Games — now less than a year away.

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