Have we just witnessed the reverse-Bradbury, in future to be known as The Joyce?
Sixteen years ago, speed skater Steven Bradbury won Australia's first ever Winter Olympic gold medal, coming from behind and being the last man standing after all of his opponents were involved in a final corner pile-up.
It became known as 'Doing a Bradbury'.
In comparison, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce entered 2018 seemingly on the front foot, only to be tripped up in the first parliamentary sitting week of the year over what were initially personal relationship matters, but which eventually snowballed into a train-wreck.
Joyce had ended 2017 on a high after winning the New England by-election with an increased majority - a vote that was brought on by the seemingly never-ending citizenship saga.
The coalition government started the year beating its chest over the record number of new jobs being created in the economy - 403,000 last year.
Until the last cabinet reshuffle days out from Christmas, Joyce's ministerial portfolio of agriculture was overseeing record production last financial year.
There has also been the biggest turnaround in agriculture commodity prices in the "history of our nation", Joyce still boasts.
His new pet project under his new ministry of infrastructure, the $8.4 billion Melbourne-Brisbane inland rail, also received its first steel rails in January.
"This project is a game-changer for our regions, creating thousands of jobs nationwide, and returning $16 billion to the national economy during the delivery phase and the first 50 years of operation," Joyce claims on his website.
But is anyone listening to such achievements and promises?
MPs from both sides of the political divide during the long summer break pledged to bring the focus of parliament back to the issues concerning Australians rather than talking about themselves - something for which the last Labor government was frequently bagged.
Yet the Serjeant-At-Arms had barely placed the ceremonial mace in the House of Representatives on the return of parliament when both major parties were again at each others' throats, trying to get opposing MPs referred to the High Court over their citizenship status.
Since the end of the first week, Joyce's relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion has been front page news and again overshadowing government business, such as arguing for lower company taxes.
It is worth noting while the parliament has been hanging out its dirty laundry, the lower house did pass the legislation that would see all businesses paying a corporate tax rate of 25 per cent by 2026/27.
But now comes the difficult part - convincing the minority-held Senate.
The Nick Xenophon Team and One Nation senators have indicated they will be joining Labor and the Greens in opposing the tax cut for businesses with a turnover of over $50 million, suggesting the bill is doomed.
John Daley, who heads the Grattan Institute think-tank, says while the business tax cuts are a good idea, their benefits should not be over-egged.
"Is it going to lead to the Australian economy suddenly taking off like a rocket next year? On Treasury's numbers, I would be very surprised," he says.
He says it is difficult to get voters on board with such issues when trust in politicians continues to decline to levels not seen since records began 30 years ago.
"If people don't trust governments, it's very hard for governments to make an argument," Mr Daley told Sky News.
At this stage, it would seem unlikely the government can do a Bradbury when it comes to tax.