The Most Stunning Sports Photos Of 2016

The Most Stunning Sports Photos Of 2016
Donald Miralle via Sports Illustrated

Seeing athletes in action shows us all the amazing strength of the human body. But with most sports moving so quickly and athletes executing move after move without pause, we rarely get a chance to see the details of their amazing skills.

We collected the some of the years best sports photography and it is stunning. Each athlete is a work of art and the pics capture their determination and spirit as much as their physical prowess.

Featuring athletes in graceful action and some of the years biggest moments in sports, here are some of the greatest sports photos of 2016. 

Tour de France

As the cyclists round the corner to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe under a sky colored with the French flag, you feel the grand scale of this major event.

Tianna Bartoletta

Tianna Bartoletta as she seizes the gold for the US in the long jump.

Cubs Win!

Ending the 108 year "curse" the Cubs win the world series. With the excitement of this historic event, these outtakes will be memorialized in the hall of fame.

Masters Tournament

Masters Tournament

Capturing a quiet moment during the Masters Tournament, you can still feel the intensity of this high stakes game.

Michael Phelps

Already the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps won another five gold medals during the Rio Olympics. This picture proves his body was made for the water.

Von Miller Shutting it Down

Von Miller of the Broncos as he forces a fumble in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. After the Broncos came out victorious, Miller was named MVP.

Adeline Gray

Adeline Gray is an Olympic wrestler and was selected for ESPN's Body Issue in 2016. Since female wrestling is seldom given its due, its amazing to see this athlete in action.

Connor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

This intense MMA battle ended with Connor McGregor victorious, but he had to fight hard to get there.

Sarah Robles

Winning the first medal in weight lifting for the U.S.A. in 16 years, Sarah Robles key moment shows strength, joy, and relief all at once.

Usain Bolt

The most famous sports photograph of 2016 is also one of the best. The impeccable timing that makes Usain Bolt look like he's got enough time to flash a smile to the camera while winning a gold medal.

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