Feb 9, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT
Italy’s Christof Innerhofer finished a mere six one-hundredths of a second behind men’s downhill winner Matthias Mayer. Considering how close he was to the gold medal, one would assumed he’d be crushed over the near-miss.
But Innerhofer, who has battled with chronic back pain in recent years after claiming three medals – one of each color – in the 2011 world championships, had himself a big celebration instead.
Per the Associated Press, Innerhofer whooped it up in front of TV cameras before falling to the snow. He continued expressing his happiness on the podium he shared with winner Mayer and bronze winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway.
Afterwards, he declared to the press that his silver was “worth like 10 wins.”
You can’t help but grin seeing these photos of Innerhofer enjoying the moment he became an Olympic medal winner. His previous best finish in the Olympics had been an sixth in the super-G at Vancouver four years ago.
- Five events to watch at Zurich Diamond League 0
- Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid is official 1
- Top ten storylines from World Track and Field Championships 0
- USOC, Los Angeles agree to 2024 Olympic bid, reports say 0
- U.S. finishes World Championships with fewest medals since 2003 3
- Usain Bolt anchors Jamaica to 4x100m relay gold after U.S. mishap 8
- Ashton Eaton breaks decathlon world record, wins World Championship 2
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (63)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (62)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (39)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)