Last Night’s Top 10 Haphazard Beam Moments

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Last night, the Olympics reminded us that gymnasts are as close to superhuman as athletes get. Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Koko Tsurumi (Japan), Gabriela Dragoi (Romania), and Anna Pavlova (Russia) continuously defied both gravity and mortality as their heads came within inches of smacking the beam. While you’d assume the images after the jump precede a crash, nine out of 10 (the exception being when Tsurumi fell) were seconds before a solid landing. Prepare to be awed. [Photos: Getty Images]

Nastia Liukin (USA)

Gabriela Dragoi (Romania)

Koko Tsurumi (Japan)

Shawn Johnson (USA)

Anna Pavlova (Russia)

Nastia Liukin (USA)

Shawn Johnson (USA)

Koko Tsurumi (Japan)

Nastia Liukin (USA)

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