Can you show me some jaw-dropping or spirit-lifting Olympic photography?
May 10, 2012 3:19 AM   Subscribe

Can you show me some jaw-dropping or spirit-lifting Olympic photography?

The Olympics is coming to my city, and I am feeling pretty bah-humbug about the whole thing. Can you direct me to any Olympics photography that will remind me of:

i) the joys of athleticism
ii) the spirit of internationalism
iii) the nobility of humanity
iv) anything else that is jaw-dropping or spirit-lifting?

I am looking for photographs -- not films, not text. Many thanks!
posted by laumry to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This one always does it for me.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:41 AM on May 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

Kerri Strug, vaulting on a broken leg.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:03 AM on May 10, 2012 [2 favorites]

It's hard to forget Mary Lou Retton's Sports Illustrated cover capturing her pure joy at having absolutely nailed the vault in 1984 (article, video). Mary Lou earned a perfect 10 back when scores were out of 10, and it won her the all-around gold medal. It was the first time a female gymnast from outside of Eastern Europe had ever won it.
posted by asciident at 4:52 AM on May 10, 2012

Matthias Steiner lifting a combined 461kg (1016.3 lbs) for Olympic Gold. That's a 203kg (447.5 lbs) snatch with a 258kg (568.8 lbs) clean and jerk!
posted by zinon at 4:54 AM on May 10, 2012 [1 favorite]'s The Big Picture photoseries did a two-parter on the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:22 AM on May 10, 2012

Eric Moussambani falls into the spirit lifting rather than the jaw dropping. The image needs some backstory, and I know people take the piss out of him, but I think it was excellent he was there. (The IOC did not share this view.)
posted by Trivia Newton John at 5:28 AM on May 10, 2012 [2 favorites]

This and this won the Pulitzer; this one is heartbreaking.
posted by TedW at 5:42 AM on May 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

This blog post has several, including some of those already linked. The Jesse Owens photo certainly qualifies as jawdropping: I actually gasped when it loaded.
posted by apparently at 8:30 AM on May 10, 2012

Derek Redmond being helped to the finish line by his dad. I can't even type that without tearing up.
posted by that's candlepin at 11:47 AM on May 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

My favorite from the Beijing Olympics.
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 1:10 PM on May 10, 2012

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