A picture is worth a thousand words

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Phelps swims the final leg in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Phelps swims the final leg in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

by Traci Oshiro

Like the rest of the world over the past few days, I have been glued to the TV watching the London Olympics. However, as a photographer, there is nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing a photo capture an Olympian in a state of pure athleticism and raw emotion.  The ability to capture a myriad of emotions in a millisecond is something only the magic of photography has the ability to do. While there are countless photos which I’ve come across in recent days, these four photos were taken at moments when I was watching. Yet, these snapshots leave me completely taken aback by the athletes’ strength and determination. All I can do is revere.  

USA's Angel McCoughtry (8) drives to the basket against Angola during the first half of a preliminary women's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Great Britain's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch compete during the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving Final on the fourth day of the London 2012 Olympics. Picture date: Tuesday July 31, 2012. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire.
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