Faces can speak a thousand words. A tiny variation in face muscles can give across a wide variety of emotions.
Some however are obvious for everyone present, even tens of thousands of people. This is what happens in the great sporting arenas and the faces of victors are some of the most stand out memories from a time and place. Let’s take a look at the most expressive faces of pure sporting ecstasy and why they happened.
When it comes to celebrations football can involve multiple people in a co-ordinated and rehearsed performance. But for me some of the best are those perfect captured moments of pure emotion. I could have picked the memorable case of Stuart Pearce’s redemption penalty at Euro 1996. The player known as Psycho who had missed a penalty in a previous tournament showed what pure relief looks like, screaming at the fans, as well as a fist pump. However I have to choose the most famous of moments of celebration. Marco Tardelli scoring in the 1982 World Cup Final blasted a long shot into the net against West Germany and wheeled away in one of the most emotional outpouring of what a goal looks like. Here is the moment:
Serena Williams scares some and allures others. For me its a bit of both, her sheer impressiveness on the court makes me in awe of her. There has never been a female player on the court ever and I am not sure ever will be in the like of Serena. The women’s game needs to catch up with this style because it draws people to watch and if she is likely to retire soon we may never see the image of female strength like this again:
When you think of iconic stars, Michael Jordan is definitely in the top 1. The mans style was formed in to a brand called Air Jordan (owned by Nike) and has created a nice pension for the Carolina baller. Jordan will always be the man who gave birth to the NBA we know today and the likes of Lebron James may match his sporting achievements, but will never make the same seismic change to the game that Jordan does. Not only a great player Jordan was a great showman and to go alongside his Dunks were those iconic faces:
Mo Farah is in some people’s opinion the greatest athlete Great Britain has ever had. He holds numerous world records from British to European to indoor and World. His biggest achievement came on home soil at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Olympic Games is the home of incredible human achievement and the place for numerous outstanding feats. Farah made his own part of the history when he won gold in the 10,000 meters and then miraculously pulled off the double with another gold in the 5,000 meters. His face expressed the true mountain of his achievement:
When we talk about winning faces, only the man who started it all has the best. Yes that man with the Tiger Blood Charlie Sheen coined the modern term winning and so why not include the crazed star of two and half men face too!
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