You can't even blink in the time between third place and fifth place in Friday's men's Olympic super-G, but for Erik Guay it was all the time in the world.
For the second speed event in a row Guay found himself just short of a medal, both times making a small mistake near the top of the course then spending the rest of his run trying to make up for it.
In the super-G he finished with a time of 1:30.67, just one one-hundredth of a second back of the fourth place finisher and three one-hundredths back of the bronze medal earned by Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S.
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the gold medal with a time of 1:30.34. Svindal, who won the silver medal in the downhill, finished .28 seconds ahead of American Bode Miller. Miller, who also earned his second medal of these Games, was just .06 seconds ahead of Guay.
Guay has not been on the podium in two seasons now, but has more than 20 top 10 finishes.
"There are parts of the course I'm happy with. I charged hard after that mistake up top and I was able to ski at least as good as Aksel and maybe even a little better in some areas. So it was within my grasp," said Guay. "It was right there for me to take. I just made that one mistake up top, so it was totally on me.
"To be a couple hundredths from third and six hundredths from second is tough to swallow, and I know that little mistake up top cost me three-tenths."
In the downhill he was also fifth, just 0.24 seconds back of the podium.
Guay is at a loss to explain how he's come so close so many times in recent years and has fallen just short.
"I'm tired of it," he said. "Maybe there is something I have to change in there, something I need to unlock to let it go to get a victory or podium finishes. I don't know what it is exactly but I'm over it, I'm over getting those fourths and fifths."
Guay said the conditions did deteriorate over the course of the day and the course was at its best for Weibrecht and Miller. However, he did not make any excuses as he started one spot back of Svindal.
As for the difficultly of the course - some 18 skiers skied off-course or did not finish, including Whistler's Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Robbie Dixon - Guay approved.
"It's the hardest super-G on the World Cup, and I think that's what they need to do - the best guy wins on the hardest course," he said. "Some of the time you see an easy course in the Olympics to make it fair for other people, but that's baloney, they need to do it like this. They did a great job on the downhill, they did a great job on the super-G."