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Cross-Country Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Competitors lie in the snow next to the finish line after competing in the Ladies' Skiathlon 7.5 km Classic + 7.5 km Free during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

End Game: A whole host of Olympians sprawled at the finish line

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.