On February 20, American skier Maddie Bowman began her pursuit for a second Olympic gold medal in the women’s freestyle ski competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Bowman had previously claimed the top spot at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Unfortunately, Bowman was unable to execute a repeat like she had hoped. In all three of her final runs, the 24-year-old skier fell during her performance.

Following her third run, Bowman lied on the ground with her face in her hands for a few minutes before standing up with tears in her eyes.

As this was happening, NBC zoomed in on the face of the heartbroken Olympian. Fans watching were not too happy with NBC’s lack of compassion for Bowman. Some wrote on Twitter:

Instead of focusing on Bowman’s tears, people suggested that the focus should be on the grit and determination she showcased during all three runs. Bowman never threw anything easier than a 900 on her last trick, sending the message that even if the going gets tough to never give up:

Bowman has since taken to Instagram to congratulate her teammates Brita Sigourney for winning the bronze medal and Annalisa Drew for “being a total bada**.”

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, it only matters how many times you get back up. Bowman is a testament to that.

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