These Priceless Reactions From the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Are the Real Winners

Whether it’s the moment an Olympian discovered they won gold or the time when a team advanced to the next round, these reactions from Tokyo are unforgettable.

By Mike Vulpo Jul 26, 2021 11:14 PMTags
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To whoever said a picture is only worth a thousand words, you clearly haven't captured a golden moment.

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics continue, more and more athletes are celebrating personal milestones, new records and some massive wins.

In the first days alone, softball pitcher Monica Abbott documented must-see moments from the United States team on Instagram. "Chills. Exciting. Create Moments. Make Memories," she wrote with a photo of her team celebrating a big win during pool play. "Thank you for your sacrifice. No but really, thank you #blessup always and may your light live and shine through us."

Monica and her teammates will fight for gold when they face off against Japan later in the week.

Outside of the United States, Hidlyn Diaz couldn't contain her excitement when she became the first Olympic gold medalist for the Philippines team. The 30-year-old made history when she won the gold medal in women's 55kg weightlifting. She clinched the top prize by lifting a combined weight of 224 kilograms. Her reaction after lifting nearly 500 pounds sums it up perfectly.

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As the games continue, the world's best photographers are capturing the exact moments when your favorite athletes win big, reach their potential and accomplish their dreams. Prepare to get inspired by looking at a few unforgettable reaction shots below.

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Goldddddd! The United States wrestler celebrates his gold medal win after the men's freestyle 125kg wrestling competition. 

Shericka Jackson, Briana Williams, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce & Elaine Thompson-Herah

Jamaica's fastest runners jump for joy after winning the gold medal in the final of the women's 4 x 100-meter relay. 

Jordan Thompson

The United States women's volleyball team can't hide their happiness after learning they will play in the gold medal match.

Antonella Palmisano

Italy's newest medal winner crosses the finish line to win the women's 20km race walk final. 

Alix Klineman & April Ross

High five for gold! The Southern California beach volleyball stars celebrate coming in first at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Ariel Torres

After performing in the men's kata bronze medal bout, the United States karate player is overcome with emotion.

Janja Garnbret

Slovenia's gold medalist hugs Japan's Miho Nonaka and Japan's Akiyo Noguchi after competing in the women's sport climbing lead final. 

Carli Lloyd

What a stud! The United States soccer player celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Australia in the women's bronze medal soccer match. 

Jamie Westbrook

The United States baseball player celebrates his home run with Todd Frazier during the fourth inning of a semi-final baseball game against South Korea.

Katie Nageotte

How high can you go?! The United States competitor reacts after competing in the women's pole vault final. 

Ryan Crouser

It's gold! The United States athlete showcases his strength while competing in the men's shot put final. 

Aria Fischer & Rachel Fattal

The United States water polo players prove celebrating a win is more fun in the water.

Vincent Vanasch

The Belgium field hockey player is pumped after blocking a shot in a shootout with Australia.

Nafi Thiam

Scoreboard says...The Belgian athlete receives support from a United States competitor after winning the 800m race during the women's heptahlon event. 

Benedikt Furk

Germany's field hocker player celebrates after scoring against India during the men's bronze medal match. 

Sky Brown

Victory! The Great Britain skateboarder reacts after she competes in the finals of her must-watch sport. 

Kendell Williams

One step closer to gold! The United States track and field star competes in the women's heptathlon. 

Sandrine Gruda

Every point counts! The France basketball player reacts after her team makes a three-point basket during the quarterfinals against Spain.

Timo Boll

Things are looking good for Germany's table tennis team during the semifinals.

Harimoto Tomokazu

Eyes on the prize! Japan's table tennis star can't hold his excitement during the team's semifinals.

Genevieve Gregson

Forever a champion! The Australia track and field star tries to stay strong as she is taken off in a wheelchair after failing to finish the women's 3000m steeplechase final.

Odile Ahouanwanou

Team Benin represent! 

Alex Morgan

The beloved United States soccer player deserves a victory lap after scoring a goal during the women's quarter-final match against the Netherlands. 

Lee Yang & Wang Chi-lin

The Chinese team accepts victory after competing against Team Indonesia during a men's doubles semi-final match.

Marco Fichera

Let's go! The Italian fencer celebrates during his match against Team ROC. 

Oshae Jones

After beating Dominican Republic's Maria Altagracia Moronta Hernandez, the United States boxer can't help but celebrate her medal win. 

Gustavo Nunez Castillo & Julio Rodriguez

Eyes on the prize! The Dominican Republic players collide after attempting to catch a baseball in the third inning. 

Caeleb Dressel

He did it! The USA swimmer can't believe he won in the men's 100m freestyle final during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Laura Tarantola & Claire Bove

After a thrilling race, France's rowers celebrate winning the silver medal in the lightweight women's double skull. 

Peter Paltchik & Aaron Wolf

Focus and fight! The Israeli judoka faces off against a strong competitor from Japan in the men's 100kg quarterfinal round judo match. 

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