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Second place is the first loser? Not to Italian skier Christof Innerhofer

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Italy’s Christof Innerhofer finished a mere six one-hundredths of a second behind men’s downhill winner Matthias Mayer. Considering how close he was to the gold medal, one would assumed he’d be crushed over the near-miss.

But Innerhofer, who has battled with chronic back pain in recent years after claiming three medals – one of each color – in the 2011 world championships, had himself a big celebration instead.

MORE: Matthias Mayer claims men’s downhill gold

Per the Associated Press, Innerhofer whooped it up in front of TV cameras before falling to the snow. He continued expressing his happiness on the podium he shared with winner Mayer and bronze winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway.

Afterwards, he declared to the press that his silver was “worth like 10 wins.”

You can’t help but grin seeing these photos of Innerhofer enjoying the moment he became an Olympic medal winner. His previous best finish in the Olympics had been an sixth in the super-G at Vancouver four years ago.

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Zika won’t stop Olympics; only war has done that, historian says

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07:  A general view of the Christ The Redeemer statue atop the Corcovado on July 7, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian says it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

David Wallechinsky tells The Associated Press that “the only time the Games have been cancelled is in war — World War I and World War II. Other than that, nothing has done it.”

Wallechinsky says “it’s pretty late to move the Games, so I’m sure they’ll go forward” and open Aug. 5.

Brazil is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika epidemic, which is also generating rumors that South America’s first Games may be called off.

Brazil’s sports minister says that canceling the Games “is not in discussion,” and Rio organizers and the IOC have repeatedly shot down the notion it’s even being considered.

‘Race’ film clip of 1936 Olympic long jump (video)

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“Race,” a film about 1936 Olympic legend Jesse Owens‘ triumphs in the face of Nazi Germany, hits theaters Feb. 19.

In the above clip, Owens competes in long jump qualifying after receiving a tip from fellow jumper German Luz Long to avoid fouling on his last attempt to advance to the final.

Owens would then beat Long in the final, though the pair forged a friendship.

In other clips, Owens, played by Stephan James, speaks with his Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. Watch that here.

Also, Owens discusses taking part in the Olympics amid racial prejudice in the U.S. Watch that here.

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