NBC's Christin Cooper interviewed Olympic skier Bode Miller after he won a bronze medal in Sunday's Super-G alpine skiing event and would not stop pressing him on his brother "Chilly" who died last year from a seizure.
At the start of the interview, Miller said this win was different from any of his others because of his brothers passing and he became emotional. Cooper pounced on this opportunity of the moment by questioning further into his emotions, eventually sending Miller to his knees in tears.
As the camera zoomed in tight, Cooper asked:
Cooper: Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?
Miller: A lot, obviously. A long struggle coming in here. And...just a tough year.
Cooper: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly really experiencing these games and 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 if it’s really for him. But I wanted to come here and -- I don’t know, I guess make myself 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?
That question was too much for Miller. As he collapsed on the railing, Cooper whispered "sorry" and squeezed his shoulder. He walked away and fell to his knees.
Bode sent several messages via Twitter defending Cooper for doing what reporters do. A classy response from a class-act.