For several long minutes Beckie Scott stood wrapped in husband Justin Wadsworth's arms, her face buried in his chest.
The couple didn't exchange words. They didn't have to. The tear stains on Wadsworth's jacket said everything.
Scott started strong and led for part of the 15-kilometre pursuit race Sunday at the Winter Olympic Games, but faded near the end to finish sixth.
“I did come into this race as a favourite and had big expectations for a medal,” said Scott, her voice choking with emotion. “It was a tough day. I did what I could do. I gave everything of myself out there today, but it wasn't good enough.”
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