Last updated on July 1st, 2022 at 04:43 pm
The Summer Olympics are in full swing – and the images being shot today will be the famous ones we reflect on in the future.
Here are a few famous Olympic images from years past that inspired me to think about being a photographer.
Mary Lou Retton was a huge stand-out in the 1984 Olympics – scoring a perfect 10s on the floor and vault routines to win the all-around woman’s title by .05 points.
She appeared on a Wheaties box, an image that is hard to forget.
Florence Griffith Joyner, known by her fans as Flo-Jo, captivated the world with her phenomenal speed and flamboyant style in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
She was fast, but don’t you remember her fingernails more?
Do you remember Bruce Jenner in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal? He won the gold medal in the Decathlon, setting the world record of 8,618 points.
I like remembering him this way – as an athlete – not as the reality star stepdad/mom to the Kardashian clan.
Photographer Brian Smith captured one of the most emotional images of diver Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board in Seoul in 1988.
The collective inhales and immediate grab of the back of our own heads will forever hold us forever in this photo.
As a little girl, this image was the very first memory I have of the Olympics.
Nadia Comaneci scored her perfect scores and inspired young girls like me everywhere to follow their dreams and go for gold.
What images of the Olympics do you think will inspire you to follow your photography dreams?
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