Olympian Efforts

Winter Olympians make their Herculean feats seem effortless... until you look a little closer.

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Winter Olympians make their Herculean feats seem effortless... until you look a little closer. US' Johnny Weir tries his best to dazzle during the Men's figure skating free program. His performance was hailed as a winner by spectators, but not the judges.
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Before he was a gold medalist, Evan Lysacek had to get his moves down. He's clearly exerting himself during a figure skating training session before his event.
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Andi Langenhan of Germany grits his teeth as he starts the first run of the men's singles luge competition.
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US figure skater Rachael Flatt looks like she's about to pull something during a practice session.
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Russia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin look slightly terrified during the Figure Skating Ice Dance free program, but their efforts paid off. They went home with bronze medals.
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Russia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin are clearly giving their all in the Figure Skating Original Dance program, but at least they seem to be having a little bit of fun, too.
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Julia Mancuso, tiara helmet and all, braces for her next turn in the Ladies Giant Slalom.
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Shani Davis puts in his all as he skates to victory in the men's 1,000m speedskating race.
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Korea's Kim Yu-Na is clearly not phoning it in when she works on her routine during a practice session.
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Russia's Jana Khokhlova looks like she was taken by surprise during this ice dancing training session.
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Germany's Katrin Mattscherodt pushes through the Ladies' 5000m speedskating race.
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We have one word: fierce. Team USA's ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto rock the figure skating Ice Dance compulsory dance, "Tango Romantica".
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Xia Lina of China strains aroun a turn in the Ladies Giant Slalom.
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Denmark's Madeleine Dupont shouts to her teammates in a women's curling match against China.
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Sven Kramer of the Netherlands strained to pull out a first place finish in the men's 10,000m speedskating event. But he was disqualified for failing to change lanes properly.
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Silver medalist Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko is trying hard to pull a gold in the Men's figure skating free program. His efforts earned him a silver, but he's calling it platinum.
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Team USA's Tony Benshoof prepares to start in the men's singles luge training session.
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Julia Mancuso looks rather terrified as she races down the hill during the Alpine Skiing Ladies Super Combined Slalom.
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Netherlands' Nargot Boer controls her breathing during the Ladies' 1500m Speedskating race.
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Tugba Dasdemir of Turkey clenches her teeth against a turn in the Ladies Giant Slalom.
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Sometimes winning looks even crazier. Here Russia's Ivan Skobrev makes a face after the men's 1,500 meter speed skating race. Check out more winning faces.
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