KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Snowboarder Nate Holland never tried to hide it: The Olympics are the last hole in his otherwise stellar resume, and he really wanted to win here.
His third try was anything but the charm. He was out of the running before he got down the mountain the first time.
"These five rings, they don't agree with me exactly," he said after falling to 0 for 3 in his Olympic snowboardcross career. "They've given me a lot of drive, a lot of joy while I'm here. But also a lot of heartbreak at the end."
Holland woke up Tuesday and noticed a light dusting of snow had layered the course. He figured it was his day because he likes a slightly slower track.
Soon, rain covered up that snow, turning everything into a slushy, sloppy crap shoot.
Holland was coming over a jump midway through the first elimination heat when he flew too high. He landed and lost all his momentum — and went from the front of the pack to last.
"You don't believe it at first," he said.