It's intriguing that while English has more words than any other language - it suffers from a relative lack of words which nuance emotion - particularly positive emotions.
Coined by the Italian Psychologist, Isabella Poggi - "Fiero" is a term describing the unique emotion experienced in moments after great accomplishment. Of course fiero can be experienced in almost any field of human endeavor - yet it's most predictable and witnessed by those on the athletic field and thus here it is commonly photographed.
In each of these photos there is one American Woman with a facial expression, which if isolated and removed from the rest of the photo, we would label them as pain, anger, fear or even violent aggression (Abby Wambach  in the first, the second image Tobin Heath  and in the third Lauren Holiday ). All of these athletes are in the midst of emotionally processing the events - while their surrounding teammates (Kelley O’Hara , Carli Lloyd  and Ali Krieger ) are a few seconds further down this natural emotional pathway. Their faces have progressed and are expressing sincere and pure joy which most everyone will recognize.
Thank you Dr. Poggi.
Congratulations to the U.S. Women's National Team - the 2015 FIFA World Cup Champions.
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