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Five Most Iconic Photos of Sports History

Photographs can evoke a whole host of emotions, from pure joy to heartbreaking defeat. Here are some of the most iconic photos in sports history.
February 28, 2022
Photographs can evoke a whole host of emotions, from pure joy to heartbreaking defeat. Here are some of the most iconic photos in sports history.

Phantom Punch:

Get up Sonny , Muhammad Ali raging against his opponent SonnyListon lying knocked out at his feet. Ali is hurling insults because he thinks  Sonny is a coward for stealing his glory by “going down” too soon, after having received a seemingly harmless “phantom punch.” Sonny, Liston didn’t get up. This master piece was captured by Neil Leifer on May 25, 1965.

Standing Tall in front of the Fuhrer:

Pictured captured on August 9, 1936 . AmericanJesse Owens won four gold medals at 1936 Berlin Olympics in Berlin, much to the chagrin of Adolf Hitler whose propaganda machine was promoting the “superiorAryan race.” Owens proudly salutes on the podium after winning the long jump ,surrounded by others giving the Nazi salute.

Miracle on Ice:

Shot on February 22, 1980, this image captures the joy on an unexpected victory of the U.S. men's hockey team against the SovietUnion in 1980 Winter Olympics. The U.S. team consisted of amateur and collegiate players, and the Soviet team won six of the last seven gold medals, so a Soviet victory was expected.

The Black Power Salute:

Shot on October 16th, 1968 , American sprinters Tommie Smith (centre) and John Carlos (right) raise their black-gloved fists on the Olympic medal podium in Mexico City to signify BlackPower. .  In response to their actions, Smith and Carlos suspended from the US team and banned from theOlympic Village. The famous picture of the event was taken by photographer John Dominis.

Hand of God :

Maradona: VAR would have ruled out 'Hand of God' goal | Sporting News  Australia

Captured on June 22nd , 1986 , Legend Diego Maradona scored two goals During his team’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over England. His first goal, later dubbed the “Hand of God,” remains to this day the most scrutinized goal in football history. In the words of Maradona His, the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”