A fixation with personal loss at the Olympics?

Bode Miller wipes away tears after winning the bronze medal in the super-G.

There has been plenty of criticism directed at NBC’s Christin Cooper for repeatedly asking Bode Miller questions about his late brother on Sunday.

Miller had just won the bronze medal in the super-G and was clearly emotional as he fought back tears during the post-race interview.

But as the Salt Lake Tribune’s Nate Carlisle points out, Miller is far from the only Olympian whose personal loss has been the focus of media coverage.

Amongst the praise and excitement for the American sweep in men’s slopestyle skiing, an NBC announcer mentioned the father of Utahn and gold medalist Joss Christensen died last year.

I turned to my wife and said, “They found another one.”

Like a lot of people in Utah, my wife and I have been watching the Winter Olympics every evening. After a few nights, I noticed a disproportionately high number of mentions about death.

Carlisle has compiled a running spreadsheet of athletes at the Sochi Olympics who have been associated with the death of someone, along with the media organizations that have published stories about it.

Salt Lake City Tribune table via Deadspin:

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Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.



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