Codie Bascue's first taste of an Olympic race was a disaster, with him and brakeman Sam McGuffie sitting in 25th place out of 30 sleds after their first two runs of the two-man competition at the Pyeongchang Games.
That's the bad news.
Here's the good news: The Olympic rookie from Whitehall, New York is in great company.
For as distraught as Bascue should have been _ and was _ on Sunday night, he may eventually be able to take some solace in the fact that some of the best American bobsledders in history struggled in their debuts as well.
Brian Shimer, Steven Holcomb and John Napier are all universally regarded as three of the best drivers in U.S. history. And in all three cases, their first time on the Olympic stage went far from according to plan.
_ Shimer's debut was in the four-man race at Calgary in 1988. He was tied for 19th after Day 1.
_ Holcomb made his first Olympic start in two-man at Turin in 2006, where he was 12th after Day 1.
_ Napier's first Olympic race was the two-man event at Vancouver in 2010. He was 11th after Day 1.
And they were all older than Bascue as well, who doesn't turn 24 until this summer.
"I'm really disappointed," Bascue said.
He gets a chance to rebound right away, with at least one more run on Monday night when the two-man event resumes _ and he'll be in the four-man competition on Saturday and Sunday. His effort was part of a tough opening night of two-man all around for the Americans, whose other two sleds are 12th (Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock) and 24th (Nick Cunningham and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor).
"I expected to do better than this," Bascue said. "I made some mistakes I shouldn't have and I really let the team down."
Plenty of people around the U.S. team expect Bascue is a star in waiting, just as they did with Shimer, Holcomb and Napier. And they've all shown bouncing back from a rough night is more than possible.