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One of the notable and mesmerizing things about competitive weightlifting (I say from a place of virtually no meaningful knowledge; but, hey) is that it features maybe the simplest form of distilled grit in the Olympics. I’m sure there is invisible strategy and skill in every attempt but, perhaps more so than most other sports, a lot of it comes down to sheer trying-hard-ness.

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And people who are trying that hard to lift really really heavy objects? Well, they don’t concern themselves much with appropriate facial expressions.

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Sabine Kusterer, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Ayesha Shahriyar M. Albalooshi, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Yusleidy Mariana Figueroa Roldan, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Monica Patricia Dominguez Lara, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Morea Baru, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Myeongmok Han, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Myeongmok Han, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Yoichi Itokazu, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Ahmed Saad, Photo credit: Getty Images/Lars Baron
Anni Teija Orvokki Vuohijoki, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Marina de la Caridad Rodriguez Mitjan, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Hyo Sim Choe, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Karina Goricheva, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Bernardin Ledoux Kingue Matam, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Bredni Roque Mendoza, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Briken Calja, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Karem Ben Hnia, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Hafifi Bin Mansor Mohd, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Rebekah Tiler, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney
Patrycja Piechowiak, Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney

I have never tried this hard at anything in my life.