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21 Incredibly Moving Photos Of Male Athletes Crying At The Olympics

Rio has been emotional.

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1. The Olympics are one of the most emotionally charged events we have in the world.

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2. This is not just a game of pick-up basketball with your friends on a Sunday.

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3. This is something athletes have been training for for years.

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4. In fact, many have been training their entire lives.

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5. And in the 2016 Summer Games, these athletes have spent their years in the 21st Century preparing for this moment.

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6. Friends have been cheering them on for years.

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7. Families have been relentlessly rooting for these superstars for decades.

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8. And when it comes down to it, the emotion can be overwhelming.

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9. Think of all of the adrenaline it takes to perform at that level.

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10. Think of the courage athletes have to muster up to be competing at such a prestigious international event.

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11. They need to focus every ounce of energy into a few minutes that could change their lives.

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12. These athletes do nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe Olympics.

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13. Sometimes, the outcome is more than they had hoped for, and they're overcome with happiness.

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14. Other times, in their best effort to leave it all in Rio, something goes wrong and they're painfully hurt.

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15. Either way, competing in the Olympics means they're at the height of their emotions.

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16. They give the Games everything they've got.

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17. These athletes do not just show up. They stand up.

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18. They push themselves to physical limits that seem impossible to the rest of us.

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19. So here's to them.

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20. Here's to the men who have trained too hard and worked for too long to conceal their emotions.

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21. May they walk away from Olympic village knowing they could not have possibly tried any harder.

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