Feeling. Sports is a platform where it cannot be hidden, where feelings rise from one’s heart anytime.
They can be good or bad. It can be pleasure or pain, euphoria or anguish, relief or sadness. And it can all be captured in a single photo.
This was the case with Lionel Messi, perhaps the best footballer in history, who eventually won the World Cup with Argentina. The enthusiasm was palpable.
The other side of the coin was American Mikaela Shiffrin, perhaps the best skier of all time. He got off the track in the first slalom event and covered his face, as if trying to hide it from the world. His disappointment was palpable.
Everyone understands what these athletes felt in those moments.
Sometimes it happens that whoever sees an image experiences as many sensations as the athlete. This would be the case for a competitor from the Ukrainian artistic swimming team that competed at the World Cup in Hungary.
Drops of water fell from his body, while the swimmer represented a country ravaged by war. It was possible to feel his pride.
In an image from Mexico City, two forcados can be seen trying to defend themselves from a bull that tries to charge them. It was possible to share their fears.
It takes just a fraction of a second to capture the moment, but the image can last forever. And the many photos featuring the game in 2022 were merely iconic.
Serena Williams made headlines at the US Open, which may have been the last time she played.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had to control their emotions at the Laver Cup. It was Federer’s last tournament before retirement and everyone recognized the importance of the moment. The era of the great rivalry between the three tennis players has come to an end.
The hackneyed phrase says that a picture speaks more than 1,000 words. Sometimes the picture also represents the words.
“I’m good at curling. I’m confident. Let’s have fun,” Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan wrote on her right arm during the Winter Olympics.
Affirmation must have helped: Four years after taking bronze in PyeongChang, he won silver in Beijing, moving one step closer to the podium.
And many photographs do not require further explanation. Like Scotty Scheffler raising his putter to the bright sunlight after winning the Masters.
College basketball’s winningest coach, Mike Krzyzewski, sat in a courtside dugout the last time he led Duke to the Final Four.
Anna Hall raises her arms after winning the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships.
Dominican Hector Neris of the Houston Astros jumped to celebrate that his team was two innings away from defeating the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series.
Moments were just that, moments. This year is about to go. Waiting for the next one.
But these images of 2022 will remain forever, as a memory of what we felt was the year.