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Poignant Images Of Crying Olympians

Whether celebrating one of the greatest victories of their lives, mourning one of the greatest disappointments, or simply being overwhelmed by the moment, these images embody the power of the Olympics.

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US forward LeBron James cries after the basketball game between the United States and France.
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US forward LeBron James cries after the basketball game between the United States and France.

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Brazil's Rafaela Silva cries after losing to Hungary's Hedvig Karakas in their women's judo match.
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Brazil's Rafaela Silva cries after losing to Hungary's Hedvig Karakas in their women's judo match.

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Egypt's Sherine Ahmed Elzeiny cries after failing to qualify in women's artistic gymnastics.
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Egypt's Sherine Ahmed Elzeiny cries after failing to qualify in women's artistic gymnastics.

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Brazil's Felipe Kitadai cries after winning his Bronze Medal judo match against Italy's Elio Verde.
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Brazil's Felipe Kitadai cries after winning his Bronze Medal judo match against Italy's Elio Verde.

Brazil's bronze medalist Felipe Kitadai cries on the podium.
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Brazil's bronze medalist Felipe Kitadai cries on the podium.

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Australian equestrian Shane Rose cries as he leaves a media conference after having to pull out of competition due to his horse's leg injury.
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Australian equestrian Shane Rose cries as he leaves a media conference after having to pull out of competition due to his horse's leg injury.

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Louis Smith cries after giving "the finest gymnastic performance ever delivered in a Great Britain vest" in the men's gymnastics qualification round.
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Louis Smith cries after giving "the finest gymnastic performance ever delivered in a Great Britain vest" in the men's gymnastics qualification round.

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US gymnast Jordyn Wieber cries after failing to qualify for the women's all-around finals in artistic gymnastics.
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US gymnast Jordyn Wieber cries after failing to qualify for the women's all-around finals in artistic gymnastics.

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US Skeet Shooter Kimberley Rhode cries as she listens to the American national anthem after winning gold.
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US Skeet Shooter Kimberley Rhode cries as she listens to the American national anthem after winning gold.

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Brazilian gymnast Harumy Mariko de Freitas cries after a performance during the women's artistic gymnastics qualification round.
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Brazilian gymnast Harumy Mariko de Freitas cries after a performance during the women's artistic gymnastics qualification round.

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China's Yi Siling cries as she celebrates winning the first gold medal (in women's air rifle, 10m) of the 2012 Olympics.
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China's Yi Siling cries as she celebrates winning the first gold medal (in women's air rifle, 10m) of the 2012 Olympics.

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Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte cries after shocking the world by qualifying for the final of the women's 100m breaststroke.
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Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte cries after shocking the world by qualifying for the final of the women's 100m breaststroke.

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North Korea's An Kum Ae cries on the podium after winning gold in judo.
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North Korea's An Kum Ae cries on the podium after winning gold in judo.

EDIT: Getty captioned the photo of LeBron James with "cries." There are also photos that show him receiving eyedrops. It's unclear whether this photo is the former or the latter.

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