A human profile of Olympic demi-gods
MEET Ireland's Olympic team as never seen them before!
In just one week they will be lined up in their official uniforms alongside the world's top athletes, desperately trying to settle their nerves before entering the Olympic stadium for the official opening ceremony of London 2012.
But, just seven days away from the most important moment in their sporting lives, a stunning series of photographs from leading sports agency Sportsfile demonstrates the human side of these leading athletes.
These portraits represent the more relaxed face of Ireland's 64-strong Olympic team and remind us that, behind their total dedication, they are not machines but flesh and blood who laugh and cry and hurt and struggle like the rest of us and that only serves to make their achievements all the greater.