Bode Miller knows, like we all do, that the only thing NBC likes more than stories about dead relatives are ones about heartbreaking disappointment. On Sunday, Bode Miller won the bronze medal in one of the last races in his career, the men's Super-G. The victory tied him with Bonnie Blair in second place for the most career medals a U.S. Olympian has won at the Winter Olympics.
Yet, the focus of NBC's coverage was Miller's dead brother, Chilly. Chilly was a snowboarder who had hopes of going to Sochi, but died unexpectedly last April. NBC Olympics correspondent Christin Cooper asked him about his brother immediately upon finishing, and didn't let it go until Miller doubled over and wept.
Here's a transcript of the key moment:
Cooper: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games, 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 uh — I don't know, I guess make my self 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?
There's something uncomfortable with a human asking another grown human about a dead relative on national television. And there's something deeply upsetting when you watch someone keep on asking. Cooper and NBC have been criticized profusely for the line of questioning and NBC's decision to run the (not live) interview in primetime.