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The sports world makes for a beautiful palette but individual images can get lost in the constant shuffle. Here are the best Getty Images sports photos from this week.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida.
I remember shooting The Match: Champions for Charity golf tournament with Tom Brady right after he had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I was already excited. It was incredible watching the team grow from training camp all the way through the season, despite the skepticism around Brady’s capabilities with a new team. When the Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers on the road to be the first team to host a Super Bowl in their home stadium, I knew it was going to be different from any other Super Bowl or game I’ve covered. Traditionally, Getty Images would have a team of 10-11 photographers shooting the game, but this year we could only have three due to COVID-19 protocols. We worked really hard to communicate to make sure we could cover as much of the game as possible with limited numbers and mobility. In the end, our hard work paid off. This image captures the result of the journey Brady and Rob Gronkowski went on together this season, which you could tell was pure joy. They worked hard all season and really believed in each other, so to watch that come to fruition was an incredible, unforgettable moment for me.
— Mike Ehrmann
Anri Kawamura of Japan takes a training run for the Women’s Moguls during the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort on Feb. 2, 2021, in Park City, Utah.
I made this image of Anri Kawamura of Japan during training for the Women’s Moguls at the Freestyle International Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort. The mogul course at Deer Valley consists of a 28-degree slope that runs close to 900-feet downhill and has two kicker jumps where athletes must perform aerial tricks while racing through the moguls. For the shot of Anri, I positioned a remote camera under the downhill side of the second kicker jump. I fired the camera as Anri skied off the jump to capture her twisting through the air. By combining the unique camera angle with the pattern of the clouds, blue sky and dynamic body position, I was able to capture an eye-catching moment that highlights what these athletes can do.
— Tom Pennington
Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers falls over Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins during the third period at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 10, 2021, in New York City.
From my position at the far end of the ice, about 190-feet away, I have a fairly head-on view of the hockey net and goaltender at the other end of the ice. Of course, the question always is exactly when to pull the trigger as you could have ten bodies floating in front of the goaltender at any microsecond of time. And the fact is that even with shooting at twelve frames a second, this may not save you as your autofocus can pop out and grab another player if you’re not careful. In this case, a clear pipe to the other end opened, and Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers obliged by somewhat slowly tumbling over Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins. This provided me with a nice sequence of six images to choose from, from this action-packed moment.
— Bruce Bennett
Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spikes the ball after scoring a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a penalty call in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Line judge Sarah Thomas signals during the third quarter in Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors tries to pass the ball around Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics at Chase Center on Feb. 2, 2021, in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Bruce Brown of the Brooklyn Nets recovers a loose ball during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 6, 2021, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Brandon Suggs of the East Carolina Pirates drives to the basket for a layup against Landers Nolley II of the Memphis Tigers during a game on Feb. 6, 2021, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated East Carolina 66-59. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Calvin de Haan of the Chicago Blackhawks skates the puck against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on Feb. 7, 2021, in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Steve Stricker of the United States walks the 10th hole with his caddie, Nikki Stricker, during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 5, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Jason Day of Australia plays a tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 5, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Danny Andrew of Fleetwood Town celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s third goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Doncaster Rovers at Highbury Stadium on Feb. 9, 2021, in Fleetwood, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Aileen Whelan of Brighton & Hove Albion celebrates with teammates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Chelsea Women and Brighton & Hove Albion Women at Kingsmeadow on Feb. 7, 2021, in Kingston upon Thames, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Aerial view of Teodoro Mariscal Stadium prior to the game between Mexico and Panama as part of Serie del Caribe 2021 at Teodoro Mariscal Stadium on Feb. 3, 2021, in Mazatlan, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Gil Alcalá of Querétaro celebrates the third scored goal by Kevin Ramírez (not in frame) during a match between Queretaro and Pachuca as part of Torneo Guard1anes 2021 Liga MX at La Corregidora Stadium on Feb. 4, 2021, in Queretaro, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand in her Women’s Singles quarterfinals match against Danielle Collins of The United States of America during day six of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on Feb. 5, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
Coco Gauff of the United States plays a backhand in her Women’s Singles second-round match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 11, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain replaces his bandana between sets in his Men’s Singles second-round match against Michael Mmoh of the United States during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 11, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)
Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria makes the last jump as he competes in the Men’s Super G during the FIS World Ski Championships Men’s Super Giant Slalom on Feb. 11, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Danielle Scott of Australia during a training run for the Woman’s Aerial Finals during the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort on Feb. 6, 2021, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)