Sara Labrousse and Chloe Willhelm of France Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Sara Labrousse and Chloe Willhelm of France compete as a duet in women's synchronised swimming on Aug. 5 inside the Aquatics Center.

Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan (R) in action with Mark Barriga of Philippines Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan is punched in the face by Mark Barriga of the Philippines during the men's light fly boxing event on Aug. 4 inside the ExCeL venue in London.

Shanshan Huang of China Photo: Ronald Marti/Getty Images

Shanshan Huang of China spots her landing while competing in the trampoline event on Aug. 4 in London's North Greenwich Arena. Huang's performance earned her a silver medal in the event, just a half point behind gold medalist Rosie MacLennan of Canada.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica competes and wins gold in the women's 100-meter dash on Aug. 4 inside London's Olympic stadium.

Illya Zakharov of Russia Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Illya Zakharov of Russia performs a dive during the semifinals for the men's 3-meter springboard diving event on Aug. 7 inside the Aquatics Center in London. For his efforts, Zakharov nabbed the gold medal, crushing China's hopes of a clean sweep of all eight diving gold medals.

Hassine Ayari of Tunisia is thrown by Choukri Atafi of Morocco Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Hassine Ayari of Tunisia gives a wary glance at the floor as he is is thrown by Choukri Atafi of Morocco during their match in men's Greco-Roman wrestling on Aug. 7 inside the ExCeL venue.

Andrew Willis of Great Britain Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Andrew Willis of Great Britain comes up for air during the final for the men's 200-meter breaststroke on Aug. 1 inside the Aquatics Center. Although Willis performed swimmingly in his heats and ranked second in the semifinals, he ultimately placed eighth in a hugely competitive final.

Matiss Burgis of Latvia Photo: Feng Li/Getty Images

Matiss Burgis of Latvia plays a forehand in a singles table tennis match against Alexey Smirnov of Russia on July 29 at the ExCeL venue.

Matteo Angioletti of Italy Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Matteo Angioletti of Italy executes a vault combination during the team qualification for men's artistic gymnastics on July 28 inside the North Greenwich Arena.

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Photos: Medal-worthy Olympic expressions
In the midst of the victories, defeats and endless drama, let's take a minute to recognize the most phenomenal rubber faces of the 2012 Olympics.