Dave Ryding was left nursing a kicking from the course after a costly error on his only alpine ski-ing outing at his second Winter Olympics – although his result backs up his future belief.
Ryding had to wait until the penultimate day of the Games to compete – he even took in two Europa Cup legs while some of his British team-mates had already wrapped up their campaign in Sochi.
The 27-year-old Leyland skier admitted that he was good in the first run of the slalom at those events in Germany and Bulgaria but poor in the second and, unfortunately for Ryding, he followed the same pattern.
He met his top-30 aim in the first run, placing 27th after clocking a time of 49.40 seconds.
But an error early on in the second cost him from realistically breaking into the top ten.
Ryding eventually finished 17th.
He said: “It could have been so much better but that’s the way it goes.
“Now I go back and continue the World Cup and Europa Cup season.”