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Extreme Olympic Close-Ups

How many of you are glued to your tellies for the 2012 Olympics? Anybody? Well, then get clued in on all the action you missed here! Instead of showing full-frame scenes of courts, rinks, pools, and rings, TIME has zoomed in on some of the World Game's poignant moments in tight shots that are quite literally "in your face."

US swimmer Ryan Lochte takes a bite off his gold medal with his star-spangled teeth.

TIME’s interesting take on these ping-pong photos: Are These Photos of Olympics Table Tennis or Telekinesis? You Decide.

You got served! Spain’s bet for tennis, Nicolas Almagro, and Japan’s bet for badminton, Reiko Shiota.

Behind these masks and épées are fierce female fencers.

The Australian and Brazilian women’s basketball teams duke it out.

Travis Stevens of the U.S.—sporting an injury—fights with Germany’s Ole Bischof during their men’s -81kg semi-final A judo match, July 31, 2012.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Olympics without a lot of water sports. Here are some scenes from synchronized diving, swimming, canoe slalom, and sailing.

South Africa’s double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius prepares before competing in the men’s 400m semi-finals at the athletics event in London, Aug. 5, 2012.

Here’s more, er, fancy footwork from judo, women’s hockey, and gymnastics!

Did you know that gymnastics was a male sport first?

Men’s skeet shooting. Yes, it’s an Olympic sport!

South Africa’s Kate Woods puts on a helmet for hockey against New Zealand.

Nordine Oubaali of France, left, fights against Afghanistan’s Ajmal Faisal in the men’s Fly (52kg) Round of 32 boxing match at the ExCeL venue, July 30, 2012

What do you think of these micro magnifications? Powerful or prying? Tell us what you think in comments below! Browse the Magazine for more articles on the Olympics.

Sourced from TIME.

written by denisesanjose

4 comments

  1. ehmahh

    ehmahh

    interesting read!

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  2. fash_on

    fash_on

    what is on lochte's teeth?

    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  3. fash_on

    fash_on

    just Google'd it, Stars and Stripes grill apparently

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  4. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Amazing photos!!

    over 2 years ago · report as spam

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