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.
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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."