13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best

An athlete’s participation in important competitions is sometimes years of hard work, requiring a lot of sacrifices. Sometimes nothing says it more than a single, accurate photo.

Here is a collection of photos that say more than a thousand words.

#1 Cupping Is Very Popular Among Many Athletes

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#2 It Is Not Necessarily Pleasant and You Look “A Little” Weird Afterwards

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#3 Many Athletes Endure Years of Chronic Pain Related to Their Sport and Sometimes Visit Hospitals

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#4 Alex Gregory’s Hands After Hours of Training

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#5 Sometimes Some Muscles Just Can’t Handle the Pressure They’re Under

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#6 The Hand of Gymnast Ellie Black. What’s a Little Blood When There’s Gold at Stake

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#7 And Sometimes You Get Corns and Abscesses on Every Finger. But for This Special Medal – It’s Worth It

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#8 Extreme Effort Requires Extreme Swimming

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#9 After Annemiek Van Vleuten Suffered an Accident Leading the Pack in Rio, She Didn’t Talk About Her Stitches and Wounds, but Apologized for Failing

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#10 One Has a Way

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#11 Do Anything Needs to Be Said Here?

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#12 Muscles Ready for an Unearthly Workout

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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#13 …When It Comes to the Most Important Trophy in an Athlete’s Life

13 Photos that Show the Extraordinary Dedication of Athletes to Be the Best
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Which photo surprised you the most?