Ice figure skating is supposed to be the perfect fusion between technique, speed and grace.
It takes countless hours on the ice to perfect each maneuver, pivot, twist or somersault. For these Olympic athletes there’s been numerous broken bones, more than a few tears, hours of frustration and constant bruising from falling on the ice.
And yet, when it all comes together for briefest of moments, that fleeting second where the athlete and elements are in total unity, there’s few better sights to witness at the Olympics. It takes a tremendous amount of focus to pull off the required techniques which the judges are looking for. And with that level of concentration comes an array of hilarious facial expressions to match.
Here’s 19 of the best, from some of the greatest figures skaters in the world.
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