American Jake Vedder has taken the spot of injured Alex Deibold in snowboard cross at the 2022 Winter Olympics, U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced Tuesday.
Deibold sustained a head injury during a qualifying race at last weekend's Cortina d'Ampezzo World Cup in Italy. The 35-year-old said in a statement he was "heartbroken" to miss the Games.
Vedder, 23, will make his Olympic debut. The Pinckney, Michigan, native is a five-year member of the U.S. snowboard team, the 2016 Youth Olympic gold medalist and the 2018 world junior champion.
Last January, he just missed earning his second career podium after a fourth-place finish at a Chiesa in Valmalenco World Cup event in Italy. He was runner-up in 2018 during a World Cup race about 100 miles west in Cervinia.
Vedder posted a photo of himself standing near the Olympic rings with the caption, "Dreams do come true." In a since-expired post to his stories, he wished Deibold a speedy recovery and pledged to represent him and his family well at the Winter Olympics.
Vedder joins Nick Baumgartner, Hagen Kearney and Mick Dierdorff as the four U.S. men's SBX riders competing at the 2022 Games.
Men's snowboard cross qualifying and finals take place next Thursday, Feb. 10 — that's Wednesday night into Thursday morning stateside.