Athletic competition provokes a seesaw of emotions, and this up-and-down nature of sports keeps us all in awe of those who find success. It's during their down times, however, when an athlete is truly defined. His face doesn't lie when he's stuck in the mud of mediocrity.
A mouth-curling, jaw-altering change in expression during his most vulnerable moment sometimes details the embarrassment; other times, it signals a fiery frustration. Either way, this hilarious display is rarely missed by the fine-tuned cameramen who are paid to viciously patrol arenas in search of art.
Let's see who made our cut for the best struggle faces in sports.
Struggling into the record books.