These Photos Prove Figure Skaters Cannot Control Their Facial Expressions

Now that's what we call emoting.

The Winter Olympics are amazing and enlightening for so many reasons. Every year, I fall in love with Chloe Kim all over again and marvel at how curling is still, somehow, a riveting sport. But the real showstopper for me is figure skating. For someone who grew up on a steady diet of Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi, it's one of those things in life that is more impressive the older (and more aware of your physical limitations) you get. This year, Nathan Chen and the French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won gold in their events, while there was controversy with the Russian Olympic Committee in the women's event over a skater's positive drug test and extreme pressure from a coach.

One thing that skaters have not learned to control, however, is the faces they make on the ice. From the over the top to the involuntary, here are some fun photos of figure skaters doing what they do best — entertaining us.

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Ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the US perform during the free dance of the figure skating team event at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games on Feb. 14, 2022.

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Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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You Young of Korea skates during the women's singles short program on Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen of Canada skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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ROC's Kamila Valieva competes on Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Olivia Smart and Adrián Díaz of Spain skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson of Great Britain skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Natálie Taschlerová and Filip Taschler of the Czech Republic skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev of Poland skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Lindsay van Zundert of the Netherlands skates during the women's singles short program on Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of Team United States skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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ROC ice dancers Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Alexandra Trusova of ROC performs during the women's singles short program at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Feb. 15, 2022.

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Ice dancers Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha of Canada skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu of China skate during the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Anastasiia Gubanova of Georgia skates during the women's singles short program at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Feb. 15, 2022.

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ROC ice dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin compete in the free dance event on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ice dancers Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev of Poland perform their free dance as part of the figure skating competition during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium.

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Ekaterina Ryabova of Azerbaijan skates during the women's singles short program on Feb.15, 2022, in Beijing.

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Ekaterina Kurakova of Poland skates during the women's singles short program on Feb.15, 2022, in Beijing.

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US ice dancers Chock and Bates compete in the free dance event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium.