At least the judges aren”t scoring on that! The weird and wacky facial expressions of the Olympics divers
It requires the proper springboard, a pool of the right depth, and of course, years of training. But for many divers in the London 2012 Olympics, the precious seconds between springboard and water, it’s also about immense concentration.
That concentration, combined with somersaults, spins, twists, and turns while heading face first into the water can yield amusing facial expressions. With hands clasped around their legs, twisting furiously, the last thing on any athlete”s mind is how they are photographed.
Below, MailOnline has collected some of the best and most bizarre facial expressions of Olympians competing for gold, with everything from grimaces to grins. Which one is wackiest Tell us below in the comments section.
Game face: U.S. divers Nicholas McCrory, left, and David Boudia, right, are pictured competing in the men”s synchronized 10m platform diving event, but their looks are anything but synchronized
True grit: Germany”s Sascha Klein, left, and Melissa Wu of Australia, right,both have looks of extreme concentration
Grin and bear it: China”s Wu Minxia, left, and Sascha Klein of Germany, right, both look like they are in a certain amount of pain
Don”t look down: Left, Emilie Heymans of Canada and Zhang Yanquan from China keep their eyes closed during their respective dives
Topsy turvey: German Sanchez Sanchez of Mexico, left, grimaces in intense concentration while U.S. diver Nicholas McCrory completes a turn with eyebrows raised
Cannonball: Thomas Daley, left, and Britain”s Peter Waterfield should be happy that the judges score on form, not facial expression
Face/off: Matthew Mitcham of Australia, left, and German diver Sascha Klein, right, both have faces that are effected by the wind resistance
Training day: Even before the Olympics, these two divers were at the Olympic Stadium practicing their diving grimaces