6. The Olympics Big Three: Swimming, Gymnastics, and Track and Field

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Australian Martin Roberts swims the butterfly in the Barcelona Olympics. This photo was taken with a remote camera on the pool deck.

Analog SLR, 600mm lens.

Over 10,000 athletes competed in 26 sports at the 2012 London Olympics. For each of those athletes, their sport was the most important event at the Games. However, to most Olympic fans (and to those of us shooting for Sports Illustrated), three sports are paramount in the Summer Olympics—swimming, gymnastics, and track and field (“athletics” in Olympic parlance). As much as I enjoy an evening shooting badminton, the “big ...

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