Win or lose, reaching an Olympic finish line is the biggest accomplishment of your life. So what do you do when you finally reach that blessed moment, when the eyes of the world may be upon you?
Collapse in complete and utter exhaustion.
Physically wrenching and mentally demanding, many a race have ended in the famous finish-line sprawl. True, some athletes end up supine (or even prone) in that last frantic rush for the medal. Others — especially those skiiers —simply drop, some out of despair, others in sheer exhilaration.
Nothing, but nothing, says like you're done by being laid out. Scroll through to see the many endings.