Focused Faces of Olympic Divers

Intense concentration and physical exertion combine for priceless midair close-ups of Olympic divers.  Plus, what were they saying to themselves when each photo was snapped? -Andrew Dubbins, Yahoo! Sports

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Ilya Zakharov of Russia Federation competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Ilya Zakharov of Russia Federation competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 06: Kristian Ipsen of the USA dives during 3 meter springboard preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center during Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 6, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
US Diving Grand Prix
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 06: Kristian Ipsen of the USA dives during 3 meter springboard preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center during Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 6, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Kai Qin of China competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Kai Qin of China competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Espen Valhein of Norway competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Espen Valhein of Norway competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Sho Sakai of Japan competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Sho Sakai of Japan competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Kai Qin of China competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Kai Qin of China competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Jonathan Joernfalk of Sweden competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Jonathan Joernfalk of Sweden competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
China's Wu Minxia dives during the women's 3-Meter Springboard final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
China's Wu Minxia
China's Wu Minxia dives during the women's 3-Meter Springboard final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Troy Dumais of the United States competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Troy Dumais of the United States competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Wang Xin of China competes in the women's 10m platform diving preliminary round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed (CHINA)
Wang Xin of China competes in the women's 10m platform diving preliminary round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
Wang Xin of China competes in the women's 10m platform diving preliminary round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed (CHINA)
China's He Chong competes in the men's 3m springboard final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 22, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: SPORT DIVING IMAGE OF THE DAY AQUATICS)
China's He competes in men's 3m springboard final at 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai
China's He Chong competes in the men's 3m springboard final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 22, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: SPORT DIVING IMAGE OF THE DAY AQUATICS)
He Chong of China dives during the final of the Men's 3m Springboard at the FINA Diving World Cup at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London February 22, 2012. He won the event. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT DIVING OLYMPICS)
He Chong of China dives during the final of the Men's 3m Springboard at the FINA Diving World Cup at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London
He Chong of China dives during the final of the Men's 3m Springboard at the FINA Diving World Cup at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London February 22, 2012. He won the event. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT DIVING OLYMPICS)
Chris Colwill of the US competes in the Men's 1m Springboard event, at the FINA 2011 Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Chris Colwill
Chris Colwill of the US competes in the Men's 1m Springboard event, at the FINA 2011 Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
China's He Chong competes in the men's 3m springboard diving semifinal at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: SPORT DIVING IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE AQUATICS)
China's He competes in the men's 3m springboard diving semifinal at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai
China's He Chong competes in the men's 3m springboard diving semifinal at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: SPORT DIVING IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE AQUATICS)
China's Minxia Wu dives in the preliminaries of the women's three metre springboard at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. China's Minxia Wu dives in the preliminaries of the women's three metre springboard at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens August 25, 2004. Wu qualified for semi-finals with sixth best score in the preliminaries. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
China's Minxia Wu dives in the preliminaries of the women's three metre springboard at the 2004 ...
China's Minxia Wu dives in the preliminaries of the women's three metre springboard at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. China's Minxia Wu dives in the preliminaries of the women's three metre springboard at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens August 25, 2004. Wu qualified for semi-finals with sixth best score in the preliminaries. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
China's He Min dives during the men's 1-meter Springboard final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Monday, July 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
China's He Min
China's He Min dives during the men's 1-meter Springboard final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Monday, July 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Sergej Baziuk of Lithuania competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Sergej Baziuk of Lithuania competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Britain's Peter Waterfield dives during the men's 10m Platform diving event at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Peter Waterfield
Britain's Peter Waterfield dives during the men's 10m Platform diving event at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Bronze medalist Germany's Sascha Klein competes in the finals of the men's 10m platform diving event at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Sunday, July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Sascha Klein
Bronze medalist Germany's Sascha Klein competes in the finals of the men's 10m platform diving event at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Sunday, July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 26: Sho Sakai of Japan competes in the Men's Preliminary 10m Platform at Aoti Aquatics Centre during day fourteen of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 on November 26, 2010 in Guangdong, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
16th Asian Games - Day 14: Diving
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 26: Sho Sakai of Japan competes in the Men's Preliminary 10m Platform at Aoti Aquatics Centre during day fourteen of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 on November 26, 2010 in Guangdong, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 18: Chris Colwill of the United States competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Final during Day Three of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 18, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Three - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 18: Chris Colwill of the United States competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Final during Day Three of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 18, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Julian Sanchez of Mexico competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Julian Sanchez of Mexico competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 06: He Min of China dives during 3 meter springboard preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center during Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 6, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
US Diving Grand Prix
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 06: He Min of China dives during 3 meter springboard preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center during Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 6, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 23: Zi He of China competes in the Women's 3m Springboard Final during Day Eight of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 23, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Diving Day Eight - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 23: Zi He of China competes in the Women's 3m Springboard Final during Day Eight of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 23, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BEIJING - AUGUST 22: Matthew Mitchum of Australia competes in the Men's 10m Platform Preliminary diving event at the National Aquatics Center on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 14 - Diving
BEIJING - AUGUST 22: Matthew Mitchum of Australia competes in the Men's 10m Platform Preliminary diving event at the National Aquatics Center on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Reuben Ross of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving
DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Reuben Ross of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 07: Kristian Ipsen dives during the Men's 3 Meter Springboard Final of the AT&T USA Grand Prix Diving at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Complex on May 7, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
AT&T USA Grand Prix Diving Day 3
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 07: Kristian Ipsen dives during the Men's 3 Meter Springboard Final of the AT&T USA Grand Prix Diving at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Complex on May 7, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Rashid Alharbi of Kuwait competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Diving Day Six - 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21: Rashid Alharbi of Kuwait competes in the Men's 3m Springboard preliminary round during Day Six of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 11: Julian Sanchez of Mexico dives during the Mens 3m springboard Semi Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 2 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 11, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix - Day 2
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 11: Julian Sanchez of Mexico dives during the Mens 3m springboard Semi Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 2 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 11, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
China's He Zi breaks into the water to win the gold medal in the women's 1-metre springboard diving competition at the World Aquatic Championships in Melbourne March 23, 2007. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (AUSTRALIA)
China's He Zi breaks into the water to win the gold medal in the women's 1-metre springboard competition at the World Aquatic Championships in Melbourne
China's He Zi breaks into the water to win the gold medal in the women's 1-metre springboard diving competition at the World Aquatic Championships in Melbourne March 23, 2007. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (AUSTRALIA)

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