15 Mesmerizing Photos Of The US Olympic Trials That Capture The Strange Beauty Of Sports

brianna glenn at the us olympic trials

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The Olympics are almost here, which means one thing: we’re really close to a fresh batch of awesome Olympics photos.It’s hard to pinpoint why Olympic photos are so arresting. Maybe because we see these sports so rarely, the poses and sight-lines are totally unfamiliar.

But every four years we inevitably see a bunch of beautiful photos that recontextualize how we think about sports, at least for a few seconds.

As a sneak preview, we pulled out the 15 most spectacular photos from the nearly finished US Olympic Trials.

Trish Regan in the 200m backstroke at the swimming trials

David Oliver before narrowly missing out on the Olympics in the 110m hurdles

Brianna Glenn competing in the long jump at the track and field trials

McKayla Maroney on the balance beam at the gymnastic trials

David Boudia qualifies at the diving trials

Nastia Liukin sprinkles chalk on the balance beam at the gymnastics trials

Jordan Scott misses the bar in the pole vault

Gabrielle Douglas on the balance beam before winning the gymnastics trials

Angelo Taylor breaks down after winning the 400m hurdles

Jordyn Wieber comes in second at the gymnastics trials

Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson lunge for the finish line at the 400m hurdles final

Nastia Liukin falls off the uneven bars face first

Chelsea Hayes earns an Olympic spot in the long jump

Chaunte Lowe wins the women's high jump

Nick Symmonds winning the 800m final at the track and field trials

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