The history of sports is filled with momentous feats and the images that immortalized them. Through these shots, some of them carefully planned and others accidental, athletes with their achievements and blunders became popular icons acknowledged by everybody.
Here you will find a selection of pictures documenting great and not-so-great moments in sports.
1. Jesse Owens wins the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.
2. Usain Bolt at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
3. Magic Johnson glides past Dennis Johnson during a season match in 1987.
4. Bob Beamon during the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.
5. Pele rejoicing after Brazil scores during the Mexico World Cup in 1970.
6. Jacques Plante after breaking his nose in a match in 1959.
7. Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston in 1964.
8. Maradona scores in 1986.
9. Jackie Robinson in 1947.
10. Nadia Comaneci at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
11. Zidane heads Materazzi during the FIFA World Cup final in 2006.
12. Babe Ruth’s final match in June 1948.
13. Giants’ Y.A. Tittle during a match in 1964.
14. Mike Tyson bites off Evander Holyfield’s ear in June 1997.
15. Björn Borg celebrates his fifth Wimbledon title in 1980.
Sports images are not only about legendary athletes and their performances. They are also about the memorable moments.