There is plenty of figure skating that will show up on this list, but for the most part, the picture of them is capturing an intense moment during their routine that has their face twisted into an unnatural shape or moments before a possible fall.
The American pair Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are another famous pair that is getting closer and closer to a medal every time they compete, and you can’t deny their poise on the ice. They have lots of charm and charisma, and the picture here shows that even while they’re performing, Madison at least has enough control to pull a funny face with one finger in her mouth.
The Margin of Victory
“No one remembers second place,” they say. Still, it's going to be hard for anyone who witnessed this literal photo-finish to forget Martin Fourcade, the French skier, who missed out on the gold medal to Simon Schempp by mere inches and what was likely a hundredth of a second.
Simon Schempp won the gold medal for Germany and is probably thanking his lucky spaetzle that he had that fraction of a second separating him from the silver. In fact, it looks like if the track had been a meter or even a foot longer, Fourcade could have easily won. His stride looks like it has more speed to it.
An Action Shot a Movie Would Want
Such dynamic poses! What a sense of speed and motion! This is the kind of picture that appears on the walls of a hockey coach's office or even the casual fan's bedroom. Team U.S. player Jocelyne Lamoureux has just snapped the puck at the net, and Canadian goalkeeper Shannon Szabados is making a last-second dive to prevent the deciding goal in the gold-medal match.
So how did it turn out? Take a look at the results, and you'll see that the United States won the gold in women's hockey, and the shot you see in the picture ended up being the goal that kept the team in the game for the win.
There's an interesting theory in psychology that has to do with confidence. The more you practice and the more confident you get in your skills, the better you'll perform when people are watching you. Such is the case with Olympic athletes, who train and train and train to perform well under one of the biggest spotlights in the world.
Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas is a little showy in this photo, not even grabbing her board during a trick in the big-air event. If she had been any more confident, she might have fallen off, but the trick completed without a hitch.
A Bad Fall
Speedskating is simple in theory but dangerous in practice, just like digging your own swimming pool. In the women's short-track semifinal during 2018, two contenders fell before the end of the match.
Chinese skater Li Jinyu was able to get up and continue skating, moving on to the finals and winning the silver medal. Still, Great Britain's Elise Christie suffered an injury and was unable to move from her fallen position. A stretcher had to remove her from the rink so she could get help, but thankfully the injury was to her ankle, and she made a full recovery.