Brodie Summers lost the battle against his body but has backed his decision to fight it.
The Australian skier's Winter Olympics campaign failed to get off the ground after he succumbed to an injury to the same knee he has spent the last five months rehabilitating.
Summers tore his right ACL in September, never considering shelving his PyeongChang plans to make way for a fitter athlete before being unable to compete on either of days of the moguls event.
"My team and I knew that it was possible to get back here and I left no stone unturned," he said.
"I put in every ounce of blood, sweat and tears to get back here and I can walk away from these Olympics knowing I gave everything.
"I'm proud of that. It wasn't enough in this situation but I genuinely believed it would be enough."
Summers, a World Cup medallist who watched countryman Matt Graham win Olympic silver on Monday, said he skied pain-free before PyeongChang.
But after pulling up gingerly after a training run before qualifications on Friday, the 24-year-old lacked mobility ahead of repechage and was deemed at risk of further injury.
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"Right up to that qualification I had full confidence," he said.
"It was just building up every week, every day even. Because of the condensed timeframe of the rehab, I was noticing huge gains day by day.
"Honestly, right up to that little tweak on the first day of competition, I was genuinely feeling really good.
"I was so close."