Yes, they're paid millions of dollars to do the kind of job a vast majority of regular peeps like you and me perceive as less employment than recreation, but athletes are subject to an array of pressures.
The greatest, most widely known athletes are expected to win, while both exuding the character of a role model and cool demeanor of a fighter pilot on a suicide mission. So, sometimes even the coolest of cucumbers can transform into a pulsating ball of rage or exhausted frustration.
While many of us can storm out of our wretched cubicles and frantically squeeze a stress ball in the breakroom, the greatest competitors don't have that luxury. They're on the world stage with millions of viewers tuned into their performance, and the weight of wanting to win for their coaches, teammates, fans, family and friends is pressing.
It's no surprise that when these forces converge, sometimes a full-blown meltdown ensues—for some athletes more than others.
Here are the 20 greatest athlete meltdowns...