The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi

02/10/2014 at 02:00 PM EST

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: See Luge Racers' Facial Expressions
German luger Felix Loch reacts after winning a gold medal
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The luge is easily one of the most terrifying events at the Winter Olympics. Lying down on a small sled and hurtling down a narrow chute made of ice would be scary enough without the insane speed factor: The top recorded speed for a luge run was nearly 96 m.p.h., in 2010. Bearing that in mind, the faces lugers make before, during and after their runs don't seem so strange, but they're still entertaining. Here are our favorites.

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Russia's Albert Demchenko

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He may look calm, but he's probably screaming on the inside.

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Italy's Armin Zoggeler

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"Let's do this."

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Christopher Mazdzer of the U.S. team

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"What's a nice fella like you doing in an ice-chute like this?"

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Switzerland's Gregory Carigiet

Murad Sezer / Reuters / Landov

"If I unclench my teeth, I will weep uncontrollably."

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Felix Loch of Germany

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Someone should probably unplug this guy, wait 10 seconds, and then plug him back in.

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Armin Zoeggeler of Italy

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This is the only man who looks like how we imagine we would mounted at the top of a luge run.

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Jo Alexander Koppang of Norway

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He's either really pleased with himself or about to cry.

The Look of Luge: 8 Game Faces from Sochi| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Poland's Ewa Kuls

Murad Sezer / Reuters / Landov

"Deep breaths."

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