2014: Sports photos of the year

2014: Sports photos of the year

From the Olympics in Russia to the World Cup in Brazil, there's no denying that 2014 was a historical year in sports. Luckily, talented photographers around the world were there to capture it all. As we reach the end of the year, take a few moments to relax and look through some of the best sports photography from the past twelve months.

The photos in our roundup range from the big moments, like Odell Beckham's fingertip catch and Derek Jeter's last hit at Yankee Stadium, to the less talked-about events, such as an Ontario Hockey League game and the Diving World Series in London. These skilled photographers have managed not just to freeze time, but also capture the beauty and emotion that so often come with these high-intensity competitions.

Click through the gallery above to see more of our favorite sports shots from 2014. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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