An emotional Matt Graham fought back tears after falling short during tonight’s qualification for the men’s moguls.
The 2018 Olympic silver medallist posted a score of 65.13 during qualifying two, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the next stage.
The 27-year-old Graham was a shock appearance at this year’s Beijing Winter Olympics after making it in time to compete despite breaking his collarbone in December.
After not reaching the final, Graham left viewers at home reaching for tissues as he fought back tears when addressing his final run.
“I’ve put in so much work,” he said after the event. “It wasn’t the best lead-up, but I knew with my entry and how I was skiing here – I had a lot to give tonight.
“Obviously not doing well a couple of nights ago put pressure on me tonight, but I felt I handled it well.
“I missed the take-off on the top jump and landed to the left, it’s tough conditions out here and quite windy, and I felt like a had a bit of a tailwind which accelerates you.
“I don’t know what to say… I wish I could’ve done better than this.
“This is the biggest down I’ve ever felt. From four years ago having had such satisfaction and after that result, I really wanted to chase that dream again tonight.
“This is really hard. I’ve had a few broken bones in my life, they hurt a hell of a lot less than this… I’m feeling a little bit embarrassed. I’m so much better than that.
“I guess I’ll just suck it up. It is going to take me some time.”
While Graham was upset with his performance, fans at home were quick to wrap their arms around him.
Former Sydney Swans star Jude Bolton was among many pundits on Twitter feeling for the Australian.
Meanwhile, fellow Aussies Brodie Summers and Cooper Woods qualified and will be part of the 20-man final.
Summer and Woods qualified 2nd and 4th in qualification 2 to finish in the top 10 and book their spot in the final.
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