Australian long-track speed skater Daniel Greig tumbled out of contention in the men's 500m at the Winter Olympics, left sprawling on the ice early in his first race.
But the 22-year-old former inline skater is confident he can bounce back with a quality performance in the 1000m on Wednesday.
Paired with three-time Japanese Olympian Yuya Oikawa, Greig lasted barely 30m of race one before falling heavily to the Adler Arena ice.
"I felt the blade come in the ice and I thought I could save it, so I decided to keep trying to push it through and out, but it just resulted in me going down faster," Greig said afterwards.
Oikawa went on to complete the race in 35.24sec, while Greig picked himself up to skate across the line in 80.55.
The 500m is skated twice, with the final result based on the total time of two races.
Greig pulled himself together to put down a respectable 35.29 in the second race, but said afterwards that the shock of his fall probably took about .4sec off that time.
"It's the worst thing you can possibly imagine to happen after about four years of training, but some things you just can't control," he said afterwards.
The result is particularly disappointing after Greig won 500m silver at the world sprint championships in Japan last month.
"This is possibly the hardest thing that any skater can imagine happening to them, especially in the sprint distances," he said.
"I know if I can get through this and out the other side with my determination intact, and I can manage to put a good race down in the 1000m, that's going to make me a much better athlete."