BRECKENRIDGE - Front runners for the 2014 Olympics are starting to break from the pack in their quest for glory. In the world of snowboard cross, one of those athletes is Colorado resident Alex Deibold.
The Boulder and Breckenridge resident just took his first World Cup podium at a test event in Sochi, Russia. He's now back home and working harder than ever
Working out on a stationary bike at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Deibold may look like he's sitting still, but the U.S. snowboard racer has never been faster.
"It's the first man across the finish line. The fastest guy wins," Deibold said.
It was on a downhill course in Sochi, Russia, with massive jumps and big turns, where Deibold just grabbed silver in World Cup competition at an Olympic test event.
"Now that I have been there I know what it's like, and I want it as many times as I can get it," Deibold said.
The podium finish is his first in 31 World Cup starts and comes just months before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"To get it in the run up to the Olympics the timing could not have been any better," Deibold said.
Now the 26-year-old has a taste of a top three finish and is working harder than ever to get back. He's in the gym knowing that for as fast has he is on the snow, those Olympic games are coming at him even faster.
"it really gets you pumped up and excited and motivated to keep working hard," he said.
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