James Woods battled through the pain barrier to reach the final of the first ever Winter Olympics ski slopestyle in Sochi.
Woods, who is one of Britain's best prospects for a medal, suffered a hip injury last Friday after a fall in training and that has affected his preparation in the build-up to the event.
He put down an excellent first run that earned him a score of 87.20, which was good enough to qualify for this afternoon's showpiece event in third place, on a warm morning at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
However, there will be some concern that he pulled out of his next run after the second jump, appearing to clutch his hip.
When asked how he was feeling, the 22-year-old replied: "A bit sore."
Woods revealed it had not been his intention to pull up in his second run.
"Definitely not," he said. "I'm trying to make the absolute most of this situation, I'm riding in the Olympics, can't say any fairer than that."
Because of his first run, Woods need not have attempted his second run, but the reigning World Cup champion is keen on savouring his experience.
"I'm in the Olympics," he said.
"You don't get this opportunity very much. One, I want to make the most of that, two, I want to gain from this experience as much as I can."
Sheffield-born Woods added: "I love it, I do know what I'm doing, I'm happy and probably a bit fortunate that I managed to put that first run down relatively painlessly."
The second run was not pain free, though.
"I had a twang of pain. It really hurt," he said. "Once I realised that the trick wasn't perfect, that was it. I said 'don't risk it, don't make it worse, take it for what it is'."
American Joss Christensen looked impressive with two scores over 90 to top the qualifiers, with Andreas Haatveit of Norway (88.00) in second.
Pre-event favourite Nick Goepper qualified in fourth, while his fellow American and another medal favourite Gus Kenworthy was in fifth.