It took five attempts, but pairs skater Aliona Savchenko can now refer to herself as an Olympic champion.
Savchenko and partner Bruno Massot, representing Germany, won gold on the final day of pairs skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Ukraine-born Savchenko earned bronze medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, and she and Massot notched a record 159.31 points in their last skate to climb from fourth to the gold-medal spot, per Rachel Lutz of NBCOlympics.com.
Savchenko and Massot both cried tears of joy upon learning of their victory before sharing an emotional embrace.
We imagine the five-time Olympian would say it was worth the wait.