- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Snowboarder Chelone Miller, the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, died Sunday in his van in the area of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He was 29.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is ruling out foul play as a cause of death, which was confirmed Monday and is still being investigated.

According to the police statement, the sheriff’s office received a call around 12:45 p.m. regarding an unresponsive male in his van. Paramedics, the fire department and deputies were dispatched to the scene, where “it was determined that Mr. Miller was deceased” upon arrival, the Associated Press reports.

The young athlete, nicknamed Chilly, was hoping to make the U.S. squad in snowboardcross for the 2014 Sochi Games. He recently finished fourth at the 2013 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Canyons, Utah, Fox News reports.

Chelone Miller was an aspiring elite athlete who had made great progress as a snowboardcross rider this past season. We are all deeply saddened at the news of his death and extend our condolences to the entire Millerfamily,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President Bill Marolt said in a statement on the team’s website.

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