With every medal won, there are dozens of other Olympic athletes whose dreams of winning a medal go unrealized.
Byron Wells is one of those athletes. The 21-year-old freestyle skier from New Zealand was forced to withdraw from Tuesday’s halfpipe competition after landing awkwardly during training and twisting his leg three days earlier.
"I’m completely devastated. I had my sights set on a podium finish and was determined to get out there and do it," Wells, who had been plagued by a knee injury, told the New Zealand Herald.
In his Twitter account, Wells said withdrawing was "the hardest decision ever."
Earlier today, he posted this heartbreaking photo on his Instagram account.
The caption read: "Not how I pictured this day. Devastated. Thought I would be lacing up with everyone else. Kill it for me boys."