100 Epic Sports Pictures

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterFebruary 26, 2013

100 Epic Sports Pictures

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    Long before cameras captured the slide into home plate, or the towel draping the head of a quarterback who came up short, sports captivated mankind.

    Me versus you. Us versus them. There is nothing more elementally human than the internal fire of competition. If there is any way to gauge a winner or loser in even the most mundane of activities, we will find a way to turn it into a contest.

    So, the passion that drives us to sports—the drama that makes the narrative compelling—we are certainly not lacking in motivation to watch or participate. And, this is why the captured image...the photograph (and all its incarnations) takes the thrill of the game to level beyond our faculties.

    From the moment a film of silver chloride first took light and transformed it into the duplication of a moment in time, photography became synonymous with sports.

    Imagine if the only eyes to witness overtime belonged to those in the stands—photos share the experiences that become the root of legends.

    In short: photography gives life to the those moments—subtle and celebrated—that make sports amazing.

     

100. J.J. Watt

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    Date: December 2012
    Location: Houston, Texas
    Image Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America

    NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans enters the home-field turf prior to a late-season game against the Minnesota Vikings. 

99. Ray Lewis

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    Date: September 2012
    Location: Baltimore, Md.
    Image Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis takes the field at M&T Bank Stadium during player introductions prior to a game against the New England Patriots. 

98. Duke Basketball

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Durham, N.C.
    Image Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America

    Duke University's Mason Plumlee dunks during a game against North Carolina State. 

97. World Ski Championships

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Val di Fiemme, Italy
    Image Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe

    Slovenia's Ursa Bogtaj competes during the trial round of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. 

96. Daytona 500

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Image Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

    NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne waits with an unidentified woman before competing in the Sprint Series DRIVE4COPD 300, in the days leading up to the Daytona 500.

95. David Ortiz

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    Date: August 2011
    Location: Arlington, Texas
    Image Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz returns to the dugout after striking out against the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2011. 

94. Super Rugby

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
    Image Credit: Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images

    Ben Afeaki of the Chiefs is tackled during a Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium. 

93. NRL Charity Shield

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    Image Credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

    St. George Illawarra Dragons' Tyson Frizell is tackled during the NRL Charity Shield match against South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. 

92. New York Islanders Ice Crew

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    Location: Long Island, N.Y.
    Image Credit: Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

    The New York Islanders ice crew entertains the crowd. 

91. Tyson Chandler

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    Date: December 2012
    Location: New York, NY
    Image Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

    The New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler plays some deadly serious defense in a game against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. 

90. Marc-Andre Fleury

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    Date: November 2010
    Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Image Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America

    Pittsburgh Penguins goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury looks on before the start of play against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

89. Derek Jeter

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    Date: October 2010
    Location: New York, NY
    Image Credit: Getty Images North America

    New York Yankees' Derek Jeter warms up prior to a game at Yankee Stadium. 

88. Larry Fitzgerald

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    Date: December 2011
    Location: Glendale, Ariz.
    Image Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

    Arizona Cardinals superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald stretches out to complete a catch during a game against the Detroit Lions. 

87. London Olympics

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    Date: July 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Adam Pretty/Getty Images Europe

    China's men's synchronized diving team during a training session in the days leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.

86. Richard Sherman

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    Date: December 2012
    Location: Seattle, Wash.
    Image Credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman celebrating as he leaves the field after defeating the St. Louis Rams in a cold December game. 

85. Mario Balotelli

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    Date: June 2012
    Location: Kiev, Ukraine
    Image Credit: Martin Rose/Getty Images Europe

    A dejected Mario Balotelli in Italy's UEFA Euro 2012 final against Spain. 

84. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Date: April 2012
    Location: Madrid, Spain
    Image Credit: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a score against Real Sporting de Gijon. 

83. Prince Fielder & Miguel Cabrera

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    Date: October 2012
    Location: Detroit
    Image Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

    Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers warm up prior to Game 4 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. 

82. Pond House

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Somerset, United Kingdom
    Image Credit: Getty Images Europe

    Bobby Bolero is led to the stables during a visit to Pond House.

81. Alex Ovechkin

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    Date: February 2009
    Location: Newark, N.J.
    Image Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America

    Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin during pregame warmups at the Prudential Center prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils. 

80. Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

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    Date: October 2011
    Location: Indianapolis
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    The Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders perform at halftime during a home game at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

79. Billabong Pro

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    Date: May 2005
    Location: Tahiti, French Polynesia
    Image Credit: Handout/Getty Images

    Surfer Andy Irons competes in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, WTC.

78. LSU Football

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    Date: November 2012
    Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
    Image Credit: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America

    LSU head coach Les Miles and his Tigers sing the university fight song after defeating the University of Arkansas on their own turf. 

77. London Olympics

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    Date: July 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe

    American Olympian Jennifer Nichols practices archery in the days leading up to the 2012 Games in London. 

76. Bakaye Traore

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Milan, Italy
    Image Credit:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe

    AC Milan's Bakaye Traore heads the ball during a UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona at San Siro Stadium. 

75. Henrik Zetterberg

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    Date: January 2013
    Location: Detroit
    Image Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America

    Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg takes the ice for the first time as a captain in front of the home crowd before a game against the Dallas Stars at the Joe Louis Arena. 

74. David Beckham

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    Date: March 2010
    Location: Manchester, England
    Image Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe

    Former AC Milan forward David Beckham walks out before the UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round, second leg match between Manchester United.

73. London Olympics

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    Date: August 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Source: Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe

    Italian track and field athlete Daniele Greco competes  in the men's triple jump final on one of the last days of the 2012 Olympics in London. 

72. BCS Championship: January 2013

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    Date: January 2013
    Location: Miami, Fla.
    Image Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America

    The University of Alabama mascot celebrates with the cheerleaders on the field after the Crimson Tide rolled over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship. 

71. Katie Uhlaender

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Sochi, Russia
    Image Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe

    American Katie Uhlaender launches herself down the track during the Women's Skeleton Viessman FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup.

70. Alex Smith & Colin Kaepernick

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    Date: November 2012
    Location: New Orleans, La.
    Image Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America

    San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick lead their team onto the field to face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional playoffs at Candlestick Park. 

69. Rory McIlroy & Tiger Woods

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    Date: October 2012
    Location: Antalya, Turkey
    Image Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images Europe

    PGA rivals Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are all smiles as they chat on the course during the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at the Antalya GC.

68. Andrew Luck & Robert Griffin III

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    Date: August 2012
    Location: Landover, Md.
    Image Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III meet at midfield after their first meeting in the NFL, a preseason game at FedEx Field. 

67. Usain Bolt

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    Date: August 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Harry How/Getty Images Europe

    Jamaican sprint athlete Usain Bolt celebrates on he track after winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final on one of the last days of the 2012 Olympics in London. 

66. Tiger Woods

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    Date: October 2012
    Location: Antalya, Turkey
    Image Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images Europe

    PGA gofer Tiger Woods tees off at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at the Antalya GC.

65. Drew Brees

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    Date: February 2010
    Location: Miami, Fla.
    Image Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees clutches the Lombardi Trophy for the first time after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. 

64. Ray Lewis

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Baltimore, Md.
    Image Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates the team's victory in Super Bowl XLVII, kissing the Lombardi Trophy at the team's victory parade in Baltimore. 

63. Andrew McCutchen

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    Date: June 2011
    Location: Houston
    Image Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

    Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen makes a sliding catch against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

62. Daytona 500

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Image Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

    The sun sets on NASCAR drivers as they run practice laps at the Daytona International Speedway in the days prior to the Daytona 500. 

61. London Olympics

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    Date: July 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images Europe

    The sun sets on the Olympic rings in Olympic Park during the 2012 Games in London. 

60. New Zealand Rowing Championship

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Wellington, New Zealand
    Image Credit: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images 

    A cyclist rides down the rowing course during the New Zealand Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha.

59. Dubai Desert Classic

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    Date: February 2008
    Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Image Credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    PGA golfer Jamie Donaldson tees off at dawn during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic. 

58. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

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    Location: Dallas, TX
    Image Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders entertain the home crowd at Texas Stadium. 

57. Henrik Lundqvist

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    Date: April 2009
    Location: New York City
    Image Credit: Len Redkoles/Getty Images North America

    New York Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist steps out onto the ice to play the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in 2009. 

56. Henrik Lundqvist

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    Date: May 2012
    Location: New York City
    Image Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

    New York Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist in net during a game against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012. 

55. Aviva Premiership

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Worcester, England
    Image Credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe

    Worcester Warriors' Errie Claassens is caught by Northampton Saints' George Pisi during an Aviva Premiership match at Sixways Stadium. 

54. Premier League

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    Date: May 2012
    Location: Manchester, England
    Image Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe

    Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton clashes with Manchester City's Carlos Tevez during a match at Etihad Stadium. 

53. Albert Pujols

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    Date: October 2011
    Location: Arlington, Texas
    Image Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

    Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols inspects his bat at the plate during Game 4 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers in 2011. 

52. Ray Lewis

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: New Orleans, La.
    Image Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis cries on the way to the locker room after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. 

51. Hines Ward

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    Date: October 2009
    Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Image Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America

    Retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward flashes his trademark grin on the sideline during a game against the San Diego Chargers. 

50. Lindsey Vonn

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    Date: December 2010
    Location: Alberta, Canada
    Image Credit: Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe

    American Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn competing at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in 2010. 

49. Lindsey Vonn

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    Date: November 2011
    Location: Tarvisio, Italy
    Image Credit: Getty Images Europe

    American Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn competing at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, where she won a silver medal. 

48. Lindsey Vonn

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    Date: February 2010
    Location: Whistler, Canada
    Image Credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images North America

    American Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn celebrating her bronze medal in the Super-G at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. 

47. Peyton Manning

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    Date: March 2012
    Location: Denver, Colo.
    Image Credit: Joey Foley/Getty Images North America

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning conducts his first press conference after being released by the Indianapolis Colts weeks prior and signing with the team as a free agent. 

46. Cole Hamels

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    Date: December 2008
    Location: Los Angeles

    Image Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images North America

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitches Game 5 of the 2008 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

45. James Harden

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Houston
    Image Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America

    Houston Rockets' James Harden reacts to a replay on the court during a game against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

44. Derrick Rose

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    Date: May 2011
    Location: Chicago
    Image Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America

    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose stares from the bench prior to facing off with the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011. 

43. JaVale McGee

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    Date: May 2012
    Location: Los Angeles
    Image Credit: Harry How/Getty Images North America

    JaVale McGee reacts to Denver Nuggets teammate Danilo Gallinari during Game 7 against the Los Angeles Lakers during the Western Conference Finals in 2012. 

42. London Olympics

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    Date: August 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe

    American track and field athlete Will Claye competes in the men's triple jump on the final day of the 2012 Olympics in London. 

41. Tyson Chandler

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    Date: December 2012
    Location: New York City
    Image Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

    The New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler engages in some acrobatic stretching prior to a game against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. 

40. London Olympics: Tower Bridge

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    Date: August 2013
    Location: London 
    Image Credit: Getty Images Europe

    The Tower Bridge in London is pictured at various times throughout the 2012 Olympics. 

39. London Olympics: Tower Bridge

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    Date: August 2013
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Getty Images Europe

    The Tower Bridge in London is pictured at various times throughout the 2012 Olympics. 

38. London Olympics: Tower Bridge

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    Date: August 2013
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Getty Images Europe

    The Tower Bridge in London is pictured at various times throughout the 2012 Olympics. 

37. Chicago Bulls

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    Date: May 2011
    Location: Chicago
    Image Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America

    The Chicago Bulls celebrate late in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat during Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. 

36. Cam Newton

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    Date: October 2011
    Location: Charlotte, N.C.
    Image Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton strikes his trademark Superman pose during player introductions prior to a game against the Washington Redskins. 

36. McKayla Maroney

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    Date: July 2012
    Location: San Jose, Calif.
    Image Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

    American gymnast McKayla Maroney practices on the beam, prior to the start of competition at the Olympic trials. Multiple exposures were combined to produce the image. 

35. Kobe vs. LeBron: NBA All-Star Game 2013

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Houston
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Miami Heat superstar LeBron James are pictured going head to head during the 2013 NBA All-Star game. 

34. Kobe vs. LeBron: NBA All-Star Game 2013

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Houston
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Miami Heat superstar LeBron James are pictured going head to head during the 2013 NBA All-Star game. 

33. Kobe vs. LeBron: NBA All-Star Game 2013

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Houston
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Miami Heat superstar LeBron James are pictured going head to head during the 2013 NBA All-Star game. 

32. Adrian Peterson

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    Date: December 2012
    Location: Minneapolis
    Image Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during a late-season home game. 

31. Chicago Bulls Dancers

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    Location: Chicago
    Image Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    The Chicago Bulls cheerleaders entertain the crowd at a home game. 

30. Bruins Stanley Cup 2011

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    Date: June 2011
    Location: Vancouver, Canada
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara and Shane Hnidy are pictured in the moments after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. 

29. Boston Bruins Stanley Cup 2011

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    Date: June 2011
    Location: Vancouver, Canada
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara and Shane Hnidy are pictured in the moments after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. 

28. Boston Bruins Stanley Cup 2011

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    Date: June 2011
    Location: Vancouver, Canada
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara and Shane Hnidy are pictured in the moments after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. 

27. 2013 NFL Combine

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Indianapolis
    Image Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America

    North Carolina prospect Giovani Bernard prepares to run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

26. London Olympics

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    Date: August 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Hassenstein/Getty Images Europe

    American track and field athlete Christian Taylor competes in the men's triple jump final on one of the last days of the 2012 Olympics in London. 

25. Derek Jeter

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    Date: July 2010
    Location: New York City
    Image Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America

    New York Yankees captain leaps up in an effort to avoid the slide of the Houston Astros' Tommy Manzella. 

24. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Date: January 2012
    Location: Madrid, Spain
    Image Credit: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during a match against Athletic Bilbao. 

23. Mario Balotelli

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    Date: October 2012
    Location: Manchester, England
    Image Credit: Getty Images/Europe

    Former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli leaps over Swansea City's Wayne Routledge during a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium. 

22. Manti Te'o

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    Date: January 2013
    Location: Miami, Fla.
    Image Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America

    Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o looks to be in deep thought as he exits the field at halftime of a blowout loss to the University of Alabama in the BCS Championship game. 

21. KTA Bintan

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Bintan Island, Indonesia
    Image Credit: Xaume Olleros/Getty Image

    Turkish kite surfer Taner Aykurt catches some air during the first-ever KTA Bintan competition in Indonesia. 

20. LeBron James

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    Date: January 2008
    Location: Portland, Ore.
    Image Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America

    NBA superstar LeBron James, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers, performs his talcum powder ritual prior to a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

19. London Olympics

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    Date: August 2012
    Location: London
    Image Credit: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

    Track and field athlete Nadiya Dusanova of Uzbekistan competes in the women's high-jump qualifying round during the 2012 Olympics in London. 

18. Daytona 500

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Image Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America

    Miller Lite Ford driver Brad Keselowski exits his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500. 

17. Russell Westbrook

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    Date: June 2012
    Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Image Credit: Brett Deering/Getty Images North America

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook yells on his back after getting fouled during a game against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Western Conference Finals. 

16. Super Bowl XLVII

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: New Orleans, La.
    Image Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America

    San Francisco 49ers Perrish Cox takes a knee on the field after being defeated by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. 

15. Super Bowl XLVII

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: New Orleans, La.
    Image Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

    The Baltimore Ravens' Morgan Cox celebrates in the confetti on the field after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

14. 2012 U.S. Open

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    Date: June 2012
    Location: Daly City, Calif.
    Image Credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America

    Tiger Woods and Cameron Wilson walk through a practice round prior to the start of the U.S. Open. 

13. Cole Hamels

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    Date: October 2010
    Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
    Image Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels celebrates with champagne after pitching a complete game shut-out, sweeping the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS. 

12. Nastia Liukin

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    Date: August 2008
    Location: Beijing, China
    Image Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images

    American gymnast Nastia Liukin is pictured as she competes on the balance beam during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. 

11. Lionel Messi

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Granada, Spain
    Image Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Europe

    FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi attempts a dramatic shot during a match against Granada CF.

10. NZ Rowing Championship

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Twizel, New Zealand
    Image Credit: Hannah Johnston/Getty Image

    Men's rowers compete in a heat during the New Zealand Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha. 

9. Tom Brady

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    Date: January 2013
    Location: Foxboro, Mass.
    Image Credit: Elsa/Getty Images North America

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady collects his bearings after being knocked to the ground by the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Championship game. 

8. Sidney Crosby

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    Date: November 2011
    Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Image Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America

    Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby returns to the lineup for the first time since sustaining a concussion 10 months prior. 

7. NZ Winter Games

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    Date: August 2009
    Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
    Image Credit: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

    Three skiers on the horizon during the cross-country skiing event at New Zealand's Winter Games—Gaudenz Flury, Sean Crooks and Drew Goldsack. 

6. Kevin Garnett

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    Date: June 2010
    Location: Boston
    Image Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

    Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett gets emotional during Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

5. Kevin Garnett

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    Date: June 2010
    Location: Boston
    Image Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

    Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett gets emotional during Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

4. Taunton Racecourse

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    Date: February 2013
    Location: Taunton, England
    Image Credit: Harry Engels/Getty Images Europe

    Horses clear the hurdles during a race at Taunton Racecourse. 

3. Alana Blanchard

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    Date: January 2013
    Location: Hawaii
    Image Credit: Alana Blanchard

    Surfer Alana Blanchard exploring underwater in her native Hawaii. 

2. Jamie Donaldson

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    Date: February 2006
    Location: Crans, Switzerland
    Image Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe

    Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson is dwarfed by the majestic scenery during the Omega European Masters. 

1. Russell Wilson

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    Date: November 2012
    Location: Miami, Fla.
    Image Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shoots an intense stare at the camera during a game against the Miami Dolphins. 

     

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