During the men's 15k cross-country skiing event, Madrazo took a detour just before crossing the finish line to grab a giant Mexican flag from a cheering fan on the sidelines, knowing full well that he was about to come in last place. As the crowd loudly welcomed him to the end of the race, he flashed the sort of giddy, triumphant smile you might expect from someone who knows they're about to win. Except Madrazo was nearly half an hour behind the real winner, who finished 26 minutes ahead of him. Still, a handful of his fellow cross country skiers from competing countries -- including Tonga's shirtless flag-bearer -- greeted him with hugs on the other side, lifting him up on their shoulders to celebrate his finish.
Beyond an endearing example of good sportsmanship, the moment speaks to how exciting and emotional it is just to get to represent your country at the Olympics -- so much so that you could accidentally oversleep, lose your coat, and curse on live TV. Though, as much as Madrazo seems to be enjoying himself in PyeongChang, it's tough to imagine he's having as much fun as Adam Rippon.