American Bode Miller broke down at the finish line of the men's Super G on Sunday.
The most decorated alpine skier in U.S. history, Miller provided an emotional moment after winning a bronze medal in the event, increasing his career medal total to six and providing viewers with possibly the most heart-wrenching story of this Olympic Games.
Miller spent time since the 2010 Torino Olympics dealing with a high-profile custody battle and grieving after the death of his brother Chelone Miller, who had hoped to make the Olympic snowboard team before suffering a fatal seizure last year.
On top of the tragedy, Miller suffered a serious knee injury in 2012, causing him to contemplate retirement. After his knee responded well to physical therapy, though, America's most decorated alpine skier returned to compete at Sochi with his brother's death still weighing heavily on his mind.
With the third-place finish, Miller became the oldest alpine skier to win an Olympic medal and the first American skier to medal in three different games.
Alongside Miller, American Andrew Weibrecht finished in second place in the event, giving the American team, who had claimed just one medal before Sunday's Super G, a significant lift as it heads into the slalom events.
Here is what Twitter is saying about Miller and his emotional reaction to his medal-winning performance during the Super-G:
Bode Miller's six Winter Olympic medals are equal to Bonnie Blair. The only American to win more at Winter Games: Apolo Anton Ohno (eight).— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 16, 2014
Bode Miller is such an inspiration. I'll never forget seeing him in person and hearing him speak at the 2006 World Scholar Athlete Games— John Samaha (@JJ3BALLA) February 17, 2014
I'm not crying over the story about Bode Miller's brother. Of course not. What are you talking about? My eyes are just wet.— Jordynn Miller (@jordynnmack) February 17, 2014
Bode Miller is seriously at his fifth Olympics. So much respect— Emily Hines (@_EmHi) February 17, 2014
Just watched Bode Miller's Super G run for the first time. There aren't many people I'm just consistently in awe... http://t.co/CkUPcsP31R— Wes Sims (@wessims) February 17, 2014
If Bode Miller takes gold tonight ill name my first son after him— Jon Massad (@jmassad22) February 17, 2014
I could obviously just look it up and see what happened but the suspense of Bode Miller's medal fate is so awesome.— Katie (@bruins22) February 17, 2014
So happy for Bode Miller that he at least hung on to tie for the bronze!— Michelle N. Moy (@MichelleNMoy) February 17, 2014
Bode Miller with his 6th Olympic medal! #USAstud— Brandon Williams (@buckywill23) February 17, 2014
Bode Miller is a dang inspiration, that's for sure #ageisjustanumber— Erin Curry (@erin_maureen) February 17, 2014
Bode Miller is the man. Mad respect for what he's done and been through— Fenwick Bowen (@FenwickBowen) February 17, 2014
Bode Miller got me emotional up in here.— Janna Salyers (@jannasalyers) February 17, 2014
Why is it the Super-G and not the Fantastic-G or the Incredible-G..? #Olympics2014— Eddie (@Eddie12Tri) February 17, 2014
The Super G skiing event was pretty amazing. You could tell they were on the edge of crashing the whole time.— Ian Dees (@iandees) February 17, 2014