HOT BLAST: TV reporter's interview with Bode Miller criticized
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Bode Miller walks to the podium after winning the joint bronze medal in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Bode Miller walks to the podium after winning the joint bronze medal in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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Sunday night's interview of an American downhill skier on NBC was so over-the-top it bordered on parody, something that under different circumstances might appear on SNL. To many, it appeared Christin Cooper was attempting to elicit tears from Bode Miller, whose brother recently died.

Here's how Richard Sandomir of The New York Times saw it: 

Bode Miller had just tied for a bronze medal in the men’s super-G at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday and it was time to be interviewed. NBC had already established Miller’s quest as an emotional story line, putting a microphone on his wife, Morgan, to hear her reactions to his races, and having the couple sit for an interview with Tom Brokaw. He was being humanized — as the changed man, the family man, the mature 36-year-old whose brother had died last year.

This is the type of storytelling that lubricates NBC’s prime-time Olympic engine.

This time, the engine backfired.



The Washington Post's Paul Farhi put it this way:

ABC perfected the Olympic storytelling style more than four decades ago by producing “up-close-and-personal” features about the Games’ competitors — heartwarming stories that emphasized athletes’ personal sacrifice, family support and victories over adversity.

On Sunday night, that style may have gone too far.

For his part, Miller has defended the interviewer:



 

 

 
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