You'd think, by the reaction of his fellow competitors, that the Mexican cross-country skier German Madrazo had just claimed an unlikely gold-medal at the Winter Olympics event.
Hoisted aloft and paraded with his nation's flag waving, the Mexican had in fact come in dead last; a good 26 minutes behind the winning skier Dario Cologna from Switzerland.
No doubt a grueling event, Madrazo, despite bringing up the rear, came to the finishing line with a smile on his face.
In a Winter Olympic games that have captured the imagination for a number of reasons, this scene of his fellow competitors celebrating Madrazo's finish is oddly beautiful.
Encapsulating the founding creed of Baron Pierre de Coubertin for the Olympic Games: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part: the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
You can watch the scenes unfold below.