Shattered Australian boxer Skye Nicolson broke everyone’s hearts yesterday when she tearfully apologised for losing to Great Britain’s Kariss Artingstall.
Nicolson went down in her quarter-final of the women’s featherweight boxing after a split-decision, 3-2.
The Queenslander couldn’t hide her emotions after the result, and apologised to her supporters during a post-match interview.
She then took to social media in the early hours of this morning, saying she wanted to thank her supporters for their kind words overnight.
“I know people are saying I was being too hard on myself in the post-fight interview and that I should be proud of what I have achieved,” she wrote.
“I am so proud to be representing my beautiful country, I am so proud to be paving the way for future generations, I am so proud to be an inspiration for young girls and women and I am so proud of the fighter I am constantly developing and becoming.”
She went on to say that this will not be the end of her Olympics dream.
“I wish I could’ve finished the job I set out to do and bring home that gold medal for Australia but I will be back, this is not the end. Merely, another speed bump in this roller coaster journey.
“Boxing can be an incredibly lonely sport with the highest of highs and lowest of lows but I have been so blessed with the most amazing supporters so thank you.”
‘You achieved greatness by just making it’
Thousands of supporters around the world have thrown their support behind the young boxer, including an American champion of the sport.
“You did your best, you achieved greatness by just making it there. I’m proud of you,” two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields wrote.
She also received plenty of support from Australian fans and athletes back home.
“You dared to dream and the dream is still alive, grieve this one then use it as motivation, we are all behind you,” Olympian Giaan Rooney wrote.
“Your interview today made me so emotional. Just know that you are not a failure … keep your head up legend,” Taylor McKeown wrote.
“It’s a tough gig. You will be back stronger. You will find a way,” Olympic skier Lydia Lassila wrote.
“Onwards and upwards, such a bright future,” Australian sprinter Riley Day wrote.
The 25-year-old is the first-ever Australian woman to win an Olympic bout in boxing.
She also won gold for Australia in the featherweight division at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.