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See the Ridiculous Faces of the 2012 Olympic Weightlifters

Bartlomiej Wojciech/Poland
Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Ah, the agony and ecstasy of Olmypic competition. When it comes to weightlifting, it’s usually more of the former.

You have to kind of feel sorry for professional weightlifters. All year these pumped-up competitors have trained for their big day. But when their moment in the spotlight comes, the look on their face is less triumphant and more “Mommy, help me!”

We’ve previously seen how the mix of intense concentration and basic physics can result in some truly hilarious diving faces.  Now, witness how the effort of lifting massive tons of weight contorts these athletes’ faces into truly odd shapes.

Oleksiy Torokhtiy/Ukraine
Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

 

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Nurdan Karagoz
Laurence Griffiths, Getty Images

 

Xiaojun Lu/China
Laurence Griffiths, Getty Images

 

Weightlifting
Alex Livesey, Getty Images

 

Weightlighting
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Weightlifting
Lars Baron, Getty Images

Next: See the Intense Faces Olympic Trampoline Athletes Make

 

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