Celebrating the other side of sports


Sports have always been a celebration of grit and perseverance. But now, athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka are showing us a whole different kind of courage. They’re using their celebrity as a platform to speak out on difficult, often under-addressed issues—like mental health challenges, the importance of self-care, equal pay, and social justice—even when it means walking away from the dream of Olympic gold or a Grand Slam. In that spirit, here are some images from our artists that take a deeper look at sports. Stan Evans captures the strength of Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel, who is speaking out on diversity and inclusion in the predominantly white sport of swimming. Steve Belkowitz shares powerful images of Paralympians Oksana Masters and Brad Snyder. And from Filip Yip & Co., portraits that capture the determination of athlete-activists Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Megan Rapinoe, and Jesse Owens. What all this work has in common is an appreciation for the inner strength—and the struggles—that athletic excellence demands. When it comes to sports, it’s time to see the whole picture. Great artists can help.




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