(AP Photo/Matt York)
If there was a gold medal for the least excited medalist in Rio it would go to Azerbaijani canoeist Valentin Demyanenko.
Stepping onto the podium in front of thousands of cheering spectators on Thursday, he was as emotional as a brick wall as he collected his Olympic silver medal in the men's 200 meters canoe single.
Asked to sum up his feelings after the race, he said: "Well, I'm healthy and everything is fine."
Reporters asked again at a news conference about his utter lack of emotion. Was he just bummed about missing the gold?
"Every athlete who comes to compete in the Olympics has only one objective in mind," Demyanenko said. "It's to take the gold and it just so happens that I took the silver."
What just so happened was that defending Olympic champion Yuri Cheban of Ukraine was faster and got the gold. He was over the moon. So was bronze medalist Isaquias Queiroz of Brazil, who dropped his paddle, jumped into the water and threw his fists in the air.
Meanwhile, Demyanenko looked like Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV."