Almost all it took was a hug from his father and Alexander Massialas noticed that one of the most awful times of his life has also been one of the best.
Massialas hung his head after losing the men's foil final game to Daniele Garozzo of Italy 15-11 Sunday at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
His dad, Greg, who is also his trainer, was there by the end of the strip and immediately shifted to embrace his boy.
Even with defeat, Massialas examined off a laundry set of superlatives in the Carioca 3 arena. Massialas, who came into the Olympic competition ranked No. 1 in the world, created history for his side.
By securing the silver medal, he became the very first U.S. men’s fencer to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games since Peter Westbrook won a bronze in men's saber in 1984.
Massialas can also be the first U.S. Olympian to get a foil medal since 1960 when Albie Axelrod won the bronze. He is the very first U.S. Youth Olympic Games athlete to win an Olympic medal. Massialas won a silver at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.