“There are plenty of other athletes who’ve never acquired that Olympic gold, but they still keep qualifying and still keep coming back,” said Jacobellis. “Because what are they truly? They’re Olympic contenders, Olympic athletes. They’re role models, and someone who want to give back to the sport.”

Instead of Jacobellis pulling off the comeback story, it was Italy’s Moioli who went on to win gold.

She could have won gold in Sochi in 2014 as well, but fell short when she tore her ACL in the final race.