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.
This One is Intentional
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.
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.
Jumping for Joy
Finish skier Iivo Niskanen wanted to win, of course, but the fifty-kilometer mass start event is a grueling race that will tire even the hardiest athletes. Thus, when he found out that he was the first to cross the finish line, there was nothing else for him to do but kick up his heels and cheer.
Nine other competitors had to hang their heads in failure, but Niskanen had enough good cheer for all of them. With Finland's flag around his shoulders, it looks like he's about ready to make a gold-medal snow angel, skis in hand.
They Call Him the Blur
While most of the photos on this list are from competitions, this one of Team US's John Daly is only during practice. Skeleton is one of the most dangerous Olympic sports to perform in – competitors fly headlong down a twisting, winding track at high speeds, risking life and limb for the glory.
Daly is moving so fast that the camera tracking him has turned everything, else, even the icy track, into an unintelligible blur. It's a great picture, but Daly didn't wow during the actual competition, finishing a miserable eighteenth place. If this picture shows us Daly's speed, how fast did the other competitors go?