20 Olympic Weightlifters Making Comically-Anguished Faces


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Anguish knows no nationality. Humor, maybe. Despite the fact that probably all of the Olympic weightlifters in this gallery could kick our asses, we’re going to laugh at their pained expressions anyway. But there’s an important lesson here too: It appears that by rule, guys who want be power lifters must have a crazy weightlifting expression. For most, it’s the agony of lifting an impossible amount of the weight in the air. Sometimes, lifters smirk. That’s not funny, though. Now laugh at all the goofy faces.

Jared David Fleming of U.S.A.!


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Kalidi Batuusa of Uganda


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Alexandros Amanatides of Cyprus


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Yukio Peter of Nauru


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Sangguen Jeon of Korea


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Nikolaos Kourtidis of Greece


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Matthias Steiner of Germany


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Lariki El-Habib of Algeria


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Can Osman of Cyprus


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Antti Everi of Finland


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Almir Velagic of Germany


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Almir Velagic of Germany


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Khadzhimurat Akkaev of Russia


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Seen Lee of Australia


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Jack Oliver of England


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Ele Opeloge of Samoa


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Mariam Usman of Nigeria


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Dmitriy Klokov of Russia


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Damon Kelly of Australia


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Dmitriy Klokov of Russia


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Brett Smiley (@brettsmiley) once dead-lifted 450 pounds in high school but pulled a muscle in his back .