Taking excellent sports photos is very difficult, and taking perfectly-timed photos is even harder. All it takes is a millisecond of hesitation, and, oops, you just missed it. But it gets easier to snap that perfect shot when athletes constantly move around and strain their muscles, showing us their funny-looking faces and getting into embarrassing positions.

In this gallery, you’ll find not only a selection of hilarious facial expressions but also some very awkward photos taken at the right moment.

What better way to start this off than an energetic flag girl signaling the start of the race?

This talented gymnast can contort her body in such a way, thanks to black magic.

She was so close to clearing that bar. She failed, and yet we still love to see it.

Is this what the boomers call “whale watching”? It does look fun.

(Record scratch) (freeze frame) Yup, that’s me, and I bet you’re probably wondering how I got myself into this mess…

This would be the shortest boxing match in history. Also, the most deadly one, probably.

When people say someone has a chimp on their shoulder, is this what they mean?

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