A photo is worth a thousand words, the old saying goes. But, sometimes those words get lost in translation when a picture is caught at the perfect time. Photographers are even surprised at the results they get. These type of photos are almost indescribable.No matter the sport, athletes put their bodies through rigorous training, in order to accomplish incredible feats. Sometimes it seems as though they defy human capabilities. We are lucky enough that some of these sporting achievements have been caught on camera. These incredible sports photos will definitely leave you speechless!
Riding On Water
Your eyes do not deceive you and this is not photoshopped! Robbie Maddison is a professional motorbike stunt rider. However, he brought his dream of doing his two passions, surfing and motorbiking, together.
This stunt, in particular, took 2 years of preparation. However, what you can’t see are the skis below the bike, which made it easier for Maddison to glide across the water. Without those skis, this guy would probably just fall into the water.
The Headless Gymnast
Gymnastics is defined as “a competitive sport in which individuals perform…acrobatic feats mostly on special apparatus in order to demonstrate strength, balance, and body control.” This is definitely a sport that isn’t for everyone.
Here we see Venezuelan gymnast, Katherine Coronel, performing during her eurythmics gymnastics routine. One acrobatic aspect she truly demonstrates is flexibility. The photographer was able to snap pictures in mid-trick, making the gymnast look headless.
Dennis Rodman may be one of the most controversial people to play in the NBA. He came onto that court and shocked up with his crazy appearance. He shocked us more with his private life. However, this may also be one of the best basketball photos ever taken.
This picture was snapped of Rodman as he went perfectly parallel to the floor diving for a loose ball. This was during a game in 1997, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. At this point, the Chicago Bulls were an unstoppable force.
A Rider’s Reflection
This is definitely a picture for the record books. The picture looks like a man and his twin are wakeboarding side by side. However, it is actually only one man. The water is so crystal clear that it is acting as a mirror. Talk about cool.
The man is so close to the surface of the water it creates an optical illusion. He certainly has a lot of strength and talent to pull off that move. In the sport of water skiing you definitely won’t see this done every single day.
Dad Saves The Day
Many children’s hero are their fathers, especially this little boy. Shaun Cunningham took his son Landon to a pre-season baseball game, as an early birthday present. They were expecting a fun, accident free game and because of this dad’s slick moves that’s what they got.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were playing the Atlanta Brave, when Danny Ortiz lost his grip on the bat while swinging. The bat flew into the stands. Luckily, Shaun had great reaction time and saved the day (and his son)! This could have ended very bad.
Fighter Lucian Bute, in 2011, successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title against Glen Johnson. However, unlike what the picture may lead you to believe it was decided over judge decision and not a knockout.
However, this picture must be some sort of scientific breakthrough. How could someone’s skin create such waves, it’s absolutely incredible! We sure hope that this guy was okay after taking a punch like that.
Tennis Ball Galaxy
This photo is definitely an amazing example of a perfectly timed picture. The photographer was able to catch a wet tennis ball being spun in mid-air. Upon first look, a tennis ball is probably the last thing that will come to your mind.
Due to the fibers and the spin of the ball, the liquid coming off of it looks like a galaxy, the milky way galaxy even. The little droplets can be compared to stars and planets and the tennis ball to the sun. Truly this is an amazing picture.
These 3 ladies are competing in the acrobatic gymnastics world competition in 2010. The amount of training these women must do has to be super exhausting. The girl on the bottom has to have enough strength to hold two women.
The girl in the middle has to have not only strength but also extreme flexibility. Finally, the girl on top requires so much core strength and balance. This definitely something that we don’t recommend doing if you aren’t properly trained.
The “Thank God Ledge”
Alex Honnold is one of the best rock climbers in the world. Here we see him reenacting one of the hardest climbs he or anyone else has ever attempted. Talk about one heck of journey up a mountain. Hardly anyone else is going to be able to pull thsi off.
Without the help of a rope, Honnold climbed 2,500 feet to the “Thank God Ledge,” in Yosemite National Park. The ledge is perfectly named, as Honnold was probably thanking god when he made it to that ledge.
Surfing A 100 Foot Wave
Look closely, in that 100 foot wave, there is a man surfing. In 2013, pro-sufer Garret McNamara broke the world record for riding the largest wave. He was given this opportunity in Nazare, Portugal. Along with this amazing feat, Garret has also ridden a tsunami from calving glaciers in Alaska.
The Woman With Many Arms
With dancing, one has to be so perfectly in tune with his or her own body as well as his or her fellow dancers, especially if they want to look perfect and professional. This is a great example of just that. Look at all the effort that is being put right there.
These dancers are portraying the story of The Origin Of Thousand Hands And Scroll Holding Guan Yin. Because the dancers are so in sync they are able to create an amazing optical illusion of a woman having multiple arms.
A New Olympic Ring
This photo certainly makes you do a double-take. If you glance quickly at the picture, you may have thought that a 6th ring had been added to the Olympic symbol. Don’t let your eyes decieve you, there is no sixth ring in this picture.
However, this full moon happened to be in the perfect spot for a photographer to capture. The picture was taken on the London Bridge during the 2012 Olympics. We hope that this guy sold the picture to a magazine and got some good money from it.
Living Life On The Edge
The picture shows base jumping partners Matt Blank and Ian Flanders. Not during this jump, but unfortunately, in 2015, Ian Flanders died after a parachute accident in Turkey. The whole world was saddened, but especially his partner Matt.
Matt Blank made a tribute to his partner’s legacy with a video. The video included this photo. The two were literally living life on the edge together. Truly they made some amazing memories together. That said, you should think twice before taking such a risk.
Ice Skating Strength
Russian figure skating pair Fiona Zaldua and Dmitry Sukhanov are showing off their amazing talents during an Ice show in 2012. While performing in Shanghai, the pair presented this trick. If your thinking this is extreme, believe me, it is.
The trick shows that both Dmitry and Fiona have a lot of core strength, as well as, a lot of trust in each other. We can only imagine how much practice it took to nail this trick. Hopefully, they didn’t mess up too many times during practice.
Super Tall Synchronized Swimmer
This picture at first glance may make you say “What?!” rather than “Wow!” However, we think it should be both! The picture gives an illusion that the one synchronized swimmer is very tall and very flexible. Also, just a little creepy.
However, it is just that an illusion. There are actually 2 swimmers pictured here, as one has the upper half of her body underwater. But, both still need lots of talent in order to compete as a synchronized swimmer. Definitely a perfectly timed picture!
The photographer of this picture allows you to see a wave from a professional surfer’s point of view. The female surfing in the tunnel of the wave is something only seasoned surfers get to experience. You aren’t going to catch an average surfer in a wave like that.
With the sun setting in the background, it made for a perfect environment to snap an amazing photo. Hopefully, the photographer made it out of the tunnel and wasn’t pummeled by the wave. Getting hit by a wave like that can be bit troubling.
Who says that statues can’t play a game of basketball? Playing basketball with your friends can be a good time, but it would definitely be more interesting if a statue joined in on the game. It looks like this photographer brought that fairy tale to life.
With the statue’s outstretched position, it looks like he has just shot the basketball. We wonder if he made the shot or not. If you ask me, he probably did. Being a statue he had a long time of sitting up there and watching many basketball games go by.
Speed skating is a super underrated sport. Not many people are tuning into the sport and watching it on their day off from work. The average speed skater moves as quickly as 59.23 km/h or 36.80 mph! This action shot was taken at the 2015 World Cup Race in Erfurt, Germany.
The blurriness of the background shows just how quickly the skaters are moving. That’s hard steal of ice backed up by a push from likely a very strong leg. Not everyone can glide that fast on the rink, it takes someone who is an absolute professional.
The Cape Epic is an annual mountain bike race that takes place in South Africa’s Western Cape. Racers must ride more than 700 kilometers or 435 miles, over 8 days. The race is open to all amateur riders and participants must race in teams of two.
Here we see one team who is only separated by a short distance. The second member splashes through a mud puddle as he follows his teammate. Hopefully, the mud doesn’t slow him down too much and he is able to catch up.
Reporters naturally want to look pretty good for the camera. They put on their best makeup, wear their best clothes and try to make the best faces for the camera. This is definitely a take that will be cut and left on the editing room floor.
She seems to have twisted her expression into something that doesn’t live up to the perfection that we are used to seeing when someone is delivering the news. This is a glimpse into what she could look like on a daily basis.
When hockey fights break out, the crowd goes wild. We are sure this fight was no exception. The game was between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in March 2015. This was one for the ages.
The referees let Columbus’ Corey Tropp and Calgary’s Michael Ferland duke it out a little before they broke up the fight. However, not before this action shot was snapped. This is definitely a fight that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
The Sun Juggler
This picture is just too cool and it’s somehting that anyone can do. If someone were to tell you they could juggle a soccer ball, you may or may not be impressed. However, what if someone told you they once juggled the sun. How could that be possible?
Well, with amazing photography skills like this, anything’s possible. With the incredible red sky background, the lighting left a perfect black silhouette of a man who was able to perfectly align his body to the setting sun.
One With The Water
Talk about a perfectly timed picture. Since Michael Phelps, competitive Olympic swimming as becoming one of the most watched sports in the Olympics. Here we see a photographer who was able to snap a picture of one of Phelps U.S. competitors.
It looks like the water is effortlessly gliding over the swimmer or a perfect example of water surface tension. It seems as though the swimmer has truly become one with his true competition – the water. This is just an amazing photograph.
Horse Riding Head Switch
At first glance you may believe this is the mythical creature, the Hayagriva, however, don’t worry, that is still a myth. It was a perfectly timed photograph as a woman in traditional garb stood next to the horses, during a rest from riding.
The woman is standing right next to the horse’s head so as the horse’s head turned, it looked as though the horse had sprung a human body. Ify ou look closer, it kind of looks like the horse is being sassy and that the other horse is just ignoring her.
Diving Into Schools
Fish come together in schools, in order for protection. When they create on large gathering, it is much safer than a single fish swimming around. The fish is much less likely to be attacked by a predator when alone.
Therefore, we are led to believe that these fish may have seen the divers as intruders or predators. It almost looks as if they are attempting to intimidate the visitors – which I think is definitely working. You can tell by his body language.
Sky Diving Snap
If you have ever gone skydiving, you may understand what this jumper may have been feeling at this very moment. As he falls head first to the ground below, the amazing blue sky and puffy white clouds make for an iconic photo.
Although the name of this professional jumper is not widely known, the picture has gone viral and probably scared off a few potential divers. I’m definitely going to think twice before putting a shoot on and jumping out of a plane.
Hops To The Hoop
This is the second photo we have featured that proves basketball players can defy gravity. It was taken during the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament, in a game between the University of Dayton and Boise State University.
Dayton’s Kyle Davis is shown leaping over Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison. Dayton won the game 56-55, but the team later lost in the round of 32 to Oklahoma. That said they’ll always have this amazing picture to remidn them for their efforts.
Goals Eye View
Many people have the opportunity to play goalie, whether that be in soccer, hockey or lacrosse. However, not many people get to experience the view of the goal or rather the view of the phuck looking back at you as you just miss it.
This picture was snapped during an NHL game of the Columbus Blue Jackets versus the Vancouver Canucks. Columbus goaltender, Sergei Brobovsky, was able to reach back and block a shot. Just look at everyones facial expressions.
When people hear the word sharks, it normally causes a sense of fright and terror. However, this shark is proving people wrong everywhere. Look how nicely these two get along. Eli Martinez (the diver), the editor of Shark Diving magazine, said:
“This particular shark I had encountered before. She is very laid-back so I knew if I held my hand out she would come over. At first she was swimming straight towards me, but I didn’t expect her to turn at the last moment. She tapped my palm with her fin like we were high-five-ing.”
Aaron Fotheringham has been in a wheelchair since he was 8-years-old. After watching his brother BMX at the skatepark one day, it was suggested he try doing tricks in his wheel chair. He did and the rest is history. Aaron is now affectionately known as Wheelz, and is considered the best at what he does. He has titled his sport WCMX.
Pole vaulting your body several feet in the air takes strength and endurance. It takes many months of training and years of practice to perfect the sport. However, this woman seems like she may be tired of all her pole vaulting.
This photo was snapped at the perfect time to look like the athlete is somehow tired after launching her body into the air and is ready for a nap. We often think of pole vaulting as extreme, but for the professional, it is a piece of cake.
Hurdling is much more complex than it may look. Yes, the athletes are just jumping over a barrier. However, when running at high speeds, a simple jump becomes much more difficult. Think about all the pressure that they feel on their legs.
It takes extreme concentration and agility to perform well in hurdling. This photo certainly captures that, as these two athletes are neck-and-neck while racing. We wonder who won. The girl with the more extreme face paint seems to be just a little more ahead.
Basketball is normally associated with being a hard, masculine sport. Believe me, if you can’t take some hard hits, you probably aren’t going to be balling anyone up on the court. Height and a large build are celebrated in the sport as it can lead to an advantage.
Therefore, one does not normally see this gracefulness during a game. Clearly, the player was not aiming to look like a ballerina. However, this perfectly timed photo says otherwise. Perhaps he chose the wrong sport to be a professional in.
A Fishy Dive
Many people say professional swimmers are like fish, because they love the water so much. Maybe this competitive diver was channeling her inner fish. This photo was caught mid-air of a diver doing the perfect “fish face” before landing in the water.
Although much of a diver’s movement is scrutinized, luckily, facial expressions do not count towards a diver’s final score. If they did, they might have to give her a lower score for that face as it definitely isn’t the most pleasant in the sport.
No Hurdle Too Big
Athletes are determined and like stage performers, no matter the obstacle, the show must go on. Athletes train extremely hard for the big competition. Therefore, no matter the hurdle they always continue until the end. Sometimes the hurdle can really be a pain.
This athlete physically and metaphorically had lots of hurdles to overcome. She actually jumped lots of hurdles and metaphorically had to deal with the hurdle of losing her shoe. That will definitely take a toll on the feet.
Allison Stokke is a nationally-ranked pole vaulter. She broke several American records for high school pole vaulting and continued her career at the University of California, Berkeley. That said, she never did make it to the Olympics.
Today, she is a professional pole vaulter and fitness model. Here we see her working out, but the photo was caught at the perfect moment as it looks like she is landing on an invisible platform! This picture is impressive for so many different reasons.
Just in case you haven’t heard, the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 MLB World Series. It had been 108 years since the Cubs had won. Needless to say, fans were pretty excited about the win and they didn’t hold back from letting the world know how excited they were.
This fan exudes the feeling that most others were also feeling, a sense of victory. This guy was lucking enough to attend game 7, and he is pictured celebrating during the 8th inning. He was celebrating before anything was even official.