BRATTLEBORO -- Alex Deibold, of Manchester, won bronze in the men's snowboardcross (SBX) at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Tuesday in Sochi, Russia.

It was the first time Deibold attended the Olympics as a competitor.

"I went to the last Olympics as a wax tech for the US Snowboard Team, which was really hard work, but I was grateful for the experience of getting to go and help."

After winning the medal, Deibold took to Facebook, saying, "Wow. So that happened. Thank you to all the people who have supported me along the way, I wouldn't be here without you."

On Dec. 21, 2013, Deibold finished on the podium in third at the Lake Louise World Cup snowboardcross event. On Jan. 11, he placed 10th at the Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra World Cup.

Deibold is a graduate of the Stratton Mountain School.

"We are extremely excited about Deibold's bronze," said Meredith Morin, director of communications at SMS. "It is a huge accomplishment for any athlete."

Last year, Deibold took a silver at the Sochi World Cup and made finals four out of five World Cup starts in 2013. In 2011, he took seventh and fifth at World Cup races and earned a spot on the World Championship Team.

"Making the team as an athlete is a dream come-true," said Deibold.

"I'm so excited to experience all the things I got to watch my teammates get to do last time that I had to miss out on."

Morin said SMS sent more competitors to the Olympics this year than any previous year. 12 of the school's graduates are competing now in Sochi, who also include Shaftsbury cross-country skier Andy Newell, Emily Bamford and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis.

"Everything aligned for Deibold," said Morin. "He was so focused getting there. We are all so proud of him."