Deibold still riding momentum of Sochi podium

LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer Published:

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.