There was heartache for Irish snowboarder Seamus O'Connor at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
After an impressive first run in qualifying, O'Connor was in a great position to qualify for the half-pipe final.
At the half-way point he was lying 13th, just 1.25 points off the top 12 to go through to the final.
But when he threw in his toughest trick in the second round and slipped slightly on the landing, he failed to improve on his first round score of 65.50 and the chance slipped agonisingly away from him.
O'Connor finished 18th of the 29-man field. He was disappointed to miss out on the final but still excelled considering he tore all of the ligaments in his knee just 16 months ago in a fall during competition.
"Obviously I would like things to have gone a little better but I'm down here at the bottom of the pipe in one piece with a smile on my face in my second Olympics so I can't complain," he said.
"I knew I had to go for absolutely everything in that second run. Unfortunately, just on that last landing, I kind of slipped out a little bit.
"It's the biggest trick of my run, a front-side 1260 which is three and a half rotations and here in PyeongChang was the first time I'd done it in over two years.
"It was really close but that's how snowboarding half-pipe is. You're either on it or really close but not quite there."
O'Connor is competing in his second Winter Olympics and had finished 15th in the half-pipe in Sochi where he was also 17th in the slopestyle event.