Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Yesterday during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ladies from around the world competed in the women's short program figure skating. This involved strapping on shoes encumbered by sharp blades and leaping up over a solid sheet of ice. Terrifying, beautiful, courageous.

Check out these images of the women caught mid-jump — and often face-down — hovering above the rock-hard unforgiving frozen stage, while the whole world watches.

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Akiko Suzuki of Japan

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Natalie Weinzierl of Germany

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Eliaveta Ukolova of the Czech Republic

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Park So-Youn of South Korea

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Viktoria Helgesson of Sweden

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Zhang Kexin of China

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Mae Berenice Meite of France

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Gracie Gold of the United States

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Li Zijun of China

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Anne Line Gjersem of Norway

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Ashley Wagner of the United States

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Valentina Marchei of Italy

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Elena Glebova of Estonia

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Amazing Images of Olympic Figure Skaters Defying Gravity

Yuna Kim of South Korea

Images via AP.