Today’s winners in Olympics agony and ecstasy have been selected from the first few days of competition. Winning or losing actual medals does not impact whether one can win in this contest of pure, unbridled emotion.
A great victory face inspires spontaneous joy that's so contagious that people who don't care about the Olympics begin to care. We want to party with these people. (Click on the links below to learn more about what why these athletes are so happy.)
Gold in Ecstasy: Italy's Valentina Vezzali (Fencing)
Silver in Ecstasy: France's Automne Pavia (Judo)
Bronze in Ecstasy: Poland's Marcin Mozdzonek (Volleyball)
The most-wrenching agony faces cause extreme pain, even among those who don't know the sport or the circumstances. We want to hug these people. (Click on the links to learn why these athletes are so sad.)
Gold in Agony: South Korea's Shin A Lam (Fencing)
Silver in Agony: Great Britain's Daniel Williams (Judo)
Bronze in Agony: Senegal's Hortance Diedhiou (Judo)
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