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31 Awkward But Impressive Pictures That Will Completely Change The Way You Feel About Olympic Table Tennis

This isn't your grandmother's musty basement ping pong table.

1. I think it's safe to say that most people don't think of table tennis as one of the most extreme sports of the Olympics.

Two opponents during a table tennis match
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2. Well, they're wrong.

An athlete super focused on the ball
Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

3. The pictures coming out of Tokyo are next level.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

4. The speeding balls.

A table tennis ball extremely close to an athletes face
Steph Chambers / Getty Images

5. The extreme cool and control.

Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

6. The focus.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

7. The determination.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

8. The Criss Angel Mindfreak level of it all.

A Guyanese athlete staring intently at the ball as she takes a shot
Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

9. This isn't ping pong in your friend's dusty-ass garage.

Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

10. This is life or death.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

11. You're either in or you're out!

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

12. The split-second decisions.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

13. The huge regret.

An athlete hits a shot into the net
Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

14. This sorcery of it all.

An athlete with their arm extended as they prepare to hit a shot
Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

15. The power this has.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

16. The strength.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

17. This is Dua Lipa "Levitating."

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

18. ~You want me, I want you, baby~

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19. ~My sugarboo, I'm levitating~

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20. Like, this moment happened in a millisecond.

An athlete looks up at the ball
Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

21. A millisecond!

Steph Chambers / Getty Images

22. No cheek is free from danger.

A tennis ball nearly hits an athlete on the check
Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

23. No forehead safe.

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24. Right in the schnoz!

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

25. That's gonna leave a bruise.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

26. Ouch.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

27. Tongues wagging in the air.

Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

28. It's almost delicious.

Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

29. Also, I'd probably shit my pants if one of these guys served it at me.

An athlete with an intense stare on their face
Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images

30. Like, this guy could knock me out with that thing.

Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

31. Bye!

Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

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