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'Very hard pill to swallow': Hubbard native Nick Bruce misses medal in BMX freestyle final at Tokyo Olympics amid injury

'Proud to say I have the best ghost ride in Olympic history & it was truly amazing to witness BMX history right on the main stage.'
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Nick Bruce of the United States in the men's BMX freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

TOKYO, Japan — Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous story before Bruce's appearance in the BMX freestyle final at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Not exactly the Olympic experience I envisioned.”

Those are the words in an Instagram post early Sunday morning from Nick Bruce, an Olympian from Hubbard, Ohio.

He hurt his shoulder before the BMX freestyle final at the Tokyo Olympics in what he calls a “really bad crash” during practice.

“Very hard pill to swallow but I did what I could today with the little bit of strength I had in my arm,” he continued. “Proud to say I have the best ghost ride in Olympic history & it was truly amazing to witness BMX history right on the main stage.”

WATCH: Here’s a replay of the BMX freestyle final featuring Bruce

NBCOlympics.com said Bruce lacked the upper body strength to perform his tricks during the final, which happened Saturday night EST.

"Knowing he was done, he launched his bike into the air in dramatic fashion," they reported.

They also noted that he “ended with a smile.”

3News caught up with Bruce at the warehouse where he was training on Cleveland’s east side before the Tokyo Olympics began.

"Every time I come in here, it's like a dream comes true," Bruce told 3News. "As a little kid, I always had my own ramps set up in my parents' back yard. I was like, 'That'd be the dream to create your own skate park.'"

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