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

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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.

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)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Scene after the finish line in the Men's Skiathlon 15 km Classic + 15 km Free during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Marielle Thompson (L) of Canada celebrates winning the gold medal with silver medalist Kelsey Serwa (on snow) of Canada and bronze medalist Anna Holmlund of Sweden in the Freestyle Skiing Womens' Ski Cross Final on day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Slovenia's Tina Maze celebrates taking the lead in the second run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dutch clinch 22nd speedskating medal in Sochi

Havard Lorentzen of Norway collapses after competing in the men's speedskating team pursuit quarterfinals at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Second-placed Hellner of Sweden and third-placed Sundby of Norway react after crossing the finish line during the men's skiathlon event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor

Second-placed Marcus Hellner (L) of Sweden and third-placed Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway react after crossing the finish line during the men's skiathlon event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Slovakia's Kuzmina lies on ground after winning women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina lies on the ground after crossing the finish line to win the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIAOLYMPICS BIATHLON - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BIATHLON TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 4

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Darya Domracheva of Belarus (L) reaches out to Teja Gregorin of Slovenia at the finish line in the Women's 10 km Pursuit during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Bobby Brown of U.S. crashes on finish line during men's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor

Bobby Brown of the U.S. crashes on the finish line during the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Cross-Country Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 6

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Marit Bjoergen of Norway collapses at the finish line in the Women's 10 km Classic during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Cross-Country Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 6

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Mathilde Amivi Petitjean of Togo collapses at the finish line in the Women's 10 km Classic during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Russia's Garanichev reacts as he crosses the finish line in men's biathlon 20km individual event at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Russia's Evgeniy Garanichev reacts as he crosses the finish line in the men's biathlon 20km individual event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)

Photos of the day from 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - February 13, 2014

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla lies on the ground after crossing the finish line in the women's cross-country 10km classic event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Norway's Jespersen and Kazakhstan's Poltoranin lie on ground after crossing finish line in men's cross-country 15km classic event at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Norway's Chris Andre Jespersen and Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin (R) lie on the ground after crossing the finish line in the men's cross-country 15km classic event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: Elisa Gasparin of Switzerland collapses at the finish line in the Women's 15 km Individual during day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

France's Anais Bescond reacts aftercrossing the finish line in women's biathlon 15km individual event at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

France's Anais Bescond reacts after crossing the finish line in the women's biathlon 15km individual event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)

Finland's Jauhojaervi and Niskanen celebrate after crossing finish line in men's cross-country team sprint classic final at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Finland's Sami Jauhojaervi and his team mate Finland's Iivo Niskanen (upper) celebrate after crossing the finish line in the men's cross-country team sprint classic final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 09 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SOCHI - EDITOR'S CHOICE' TO FIND ALL SEARCH 'EDITOR'S CHOICE - 19 FEBRUARY 2014'

Coach Tuffy Latour speaks to John Daly of the U.S. at the finish line of the men's skeleton event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Coach Tuffy Latour (L) speaks to John Daly of the U.S. at the finish line of the men's skeleton event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKELETON)

Sweden's team celebrate first place in the women's relay 4x5km cross-country event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla lies on the ground after crossing the finish line as her team-mates Emma Wiken (C), Anna Haag (top) and Ida Ingemarsdotter (rear) celebrate their first place in the women's relay 4x5km cross-country event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

France's Fourcade lies on the ground after crossing the finish line as Czech Republic's Moravec approaches during the men's biathlon 15km mass start event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor

France's Martin Fourcade (bottom) lies on the ground after crossing the finish line as Czech Republic's Ondrej Moravec approaches during the men's biathlon 15km mass start event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)

Nordic Combined - Winter Olympics Day 13

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Bill Demong of the United States collapses at the finish line after the Nordic Combined Men's Team 4 x 5 km during day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Riessle reacts after crossing the finish line in the men's relay 4x5km cross-country race of the Nordic Combined team Gundersen event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Germany's Fabian Riessle reacts after crossing the finish line in the men's relay 4x5km cross-country race of the Nordic Combined team Gundersen event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)