14280970This year, Sports Illustrated sent photographers to places as near as southern California and as far as South Korea—and they returned with images that remind us once again of the wonder and beauty of sports. 

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2018 Ironman World Championship, triathlon race event

2018 Ironman World Championship, triathlon race event

Serena Williams at the U.S. Open

Serena Williams at the U.S. Open

Alabama's DeVonta Smith at the 2018 College Football Championship vs. Georgia

Alabama's DeVonta Smith at the 2018 College Football Championship vs. Georgia

Jockey Mike Smith rides Justify at the Belmont Stakes

Jockey Mike Smith rides Justify at the Belmont Stakes

Max Muncy hits the game-winning home run in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series vs. the Red Sox

Max Muncy hits the game-winning home run in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series vs. the Red Sox

Red Sox centerfielder Mookie Betts during Game 3 of the World Series vs. the Dodgers

Red Sox centerfielder Mookie Betts during Game 3 of the World Series vs. the Dodgers

11th Edition Red Hook Criterium bike race in Brooklyn, N.Y.

11th Edition Red Hook Criterium bike race in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Eagles tight end Trey Burton throws a touchdown pass to QB Nick Foles during Super Bowl LII.

Eagles tight end Trey Burton throws a touchdown pass to QB Nick Foles during Super Bowl LII.

Philadelphians celebrate the Eagles' Super Bowl win over the Patriots in Center City, Philadelphia.

Philadelphians celebrate the Eagles' Super Bowl win over the Patriots in Center City, Philadelphia.

Tiger Woods during the final round of the 2018 British Open Championship

Tiger Woods during the final round of the 2018 British Open Championship

Portland Trailblazers' Damian Lillard shoots a free throw against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trailblazers' Damian Lillard shoots a free throw against the Oklahoma City Thunder

New York Jets guard James Carpenter against the Miami Dolphins

New York Jets guard James Carpenter against the Miami Dolphins

Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi makes a catch during Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers

Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi makes a catch during Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers

Claire Tuggle and Brooke Forde enter the water at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships

Claire Tuggle and Brooke Forde enter the water at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships

Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young against West Virginia guard Jevon Carter

Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young against West Virginia guard Jevon Carter

Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers, 2018 Bridgestone Winter NHL Classic

Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers, 2018 Bridgestone Winter NHL Classic

Clayton Kershaw pitches for the Dodgers wearing No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day

Clayton Kershaw pitches for the Dodgers wearing No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette in a game against the Pittburgh Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette in a game against the Pittburgh Steelers

Jessie Diggins beats Stina Nilsson of Sweden to win gold in cross-country skiing team sprint for Team USA at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

Jessie Diggins beats Stina Nilsson of Sweden to win gold in cross-country skiing team sprint for Team USA at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

Stephen Curry against the Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

Stephen Curry against the Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

Oak Hill Academy vs. NSU University School compete in the 2018 Spalding HIgh School Hoop Hall Classic

Oak Hill Academy vs. NSU University School compete in the 2018 Spalding HIgh School Hoop Hall Classic

Alabama head coach Nick Saban works from his office

Alabama head coach Nick Saban works from his office

Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo shoots a three-pointer against Michigan in the NCAA tournament

Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo shoots a three-pointer against Michigan in the NCAA tournament

Tyler George, John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton of the USA compete against Denmark at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Tyler George, John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton of the USA compete against Denmark at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes in a game against the San Francisco 49ers

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes in a game against the San Francisco 49ers

LeBron James of the Lakers in a game against the Portland Trailblazers

LeBron James of the Lakers in a game against the Portland Trailblazers

Deontay Wilder walks away from Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder walks away from Tyson Fury

Donte Ingram of Loyola–Chicago against Miami during the first round of the NCAA tournament

Donte Ingram of Loyola–Chicago against Miami during the first round of the NCAA tournament

James Harden against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 of the playoffs

James Harden against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 of the playoffs

Albert Pujols at bat for the Angels in a game against the Athletics

Albert Pujols at bat for the Angels in a game against the Athletics

Lisa Hoernblad of Sweden in the women's downhill final at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Lisa Hoernblad of Sweden in the women's downhill final at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Feleipe Franks of the Florida Gators in a game against the Georgia Bulldogs

Feleipe Franks of the Florida Gators in a game against the Georgia Bulldogs

Elijah Thomas down on court with Marcquise Reed of Clemson after a game against Auburn in Round 2 of the NCAA tournament

Elijah Thomas down on court with Marcquise Reed of Clemson after a game against Auburn in Round 2 of the NCAA tournament

Tiger Woods at the PGA Farmers Insurance San Diego Open Torrey Pines on Day 4

Tiger Woods at the PGA Farmers Insurance San Diego Open Torrey Pines on Day 4

Chloe Kim poses with her dog Reese after the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Chloe Kim poses with her dog Reese after the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka warms up during a game against the Red Sox

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka warms up during a game against the Red Sox

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa Hawkeyes compete in wrestling

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa Hawkeyes compete in wrestling

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers against Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers against Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson vs. Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey in the NCAA Final Four.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson vs. Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey in the NCAA Final Four.

Lucy, a 5-year old borzoi dog, with handler before the 142nd Westminster Dog Show

Lucy, a 5-year old borzoi dog, with handler before the 142nd Westminster Dog Show

T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

Heimana Reynolds competes in the men's pro competition at Vans Off The Wall Skatepark

Heimana Reynolds competes in the men's pro competition at Vans Off The Wall Skatepark

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. 

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. 

Sabrina Meador competes in the Special Olympics USA Games

Sabrina Meador competes in the Special Olympics USA Games

Saints QB Drew Bress before a game against the New York Giants and posing for a portrait in Metairie, Louisiana.

Saints QB Drew Bress before a game against the New York Giants and posing for a portrait in Metairie, Louisiana.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

University of Michigan vs. Villanova

University of Michigan vs. Villanova

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after scoring touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after scoring touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings

Kids play basketball on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York

Kids play basketball on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees celebrates a homerun against the Red Sox

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees celebrates a homerun against the Red Sox

P.K. Subban poses for a portrait in Manhattan, New York

P.K. Subban poses for a portrait in Manhattan, New York

Seattle Storm's Sue Bird against the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals

Seattle Storm's Sue Bird against the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals

IRONMAN World Championships

IRONMAN World Championships

Bryce Love of Stanford vs. Marvell Tell III of USC

Bryce Love of Stanford vs. Marvell Tell III of USC

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff vs the Atlanta Falcons

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff vs the Atlanta Falcons

Iceland's Jon Gudni Fjoluson scores a goal vs. Peru during an international friendly

Iceland's Jon Gudni Fjoluson scores a goal vs. Peru during an international friendly

Team Hawaii is victorious over Souh Korea in the Championship Game of the Little League World Series

Team Hawaii is victorious over Souh Korea in the Championship Game of the Little League World Series

J.D. Martinez (28) of the Boston Red Sox at bat against the New York Yankees

J.D. Martinez (28) of the Boston Red Sox at bat against the New York Yankees

West Virginia's Sagaba Konate vs. Villanova's Omari Spellman

West Virginia's Sagaba Konate vs. Villanova's Omari Spellman

Jorgann Couzinet from France surfing in his heat during the Vans US Open of Surfing

Jorgann Couzinet from France surfing in his heat during the Vans US Open of Surfing

Oakland Athletics dugout in a game against the Houston Astros

Oakland Athletics dugout in a game against the Houston Astros

Juventus FC midfielder Emre Can heading a ball vs. SL Benfica's Keaton Parks at the International Champions Cup

Juventus FC midfielder Emre Can heading a ball vs. SL Benfica's Keaton Parks at the International Champions Cup

Furman Paladins vs. Clemson Tigers

Furman Paladins vs. Clemson Tigers

Terrell Owens trains in Los Angeles

Terrell Owens trains in Los Angeles

Tennessee's Jonathan Kongbo vs. Georgia QB Jake Fromm

Tennessee's Jonathan Kongbo vs. Georgia QB Jake Fromm

The mass start of the women's 12.5km biathlon at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

The mass start of the women's 12.5km biathlon at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes against the Los Angeles Rams 

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes against the Los Angeles Rams 

Indiana Pacers Darren Collison against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center

Indiana Pacers Darren Collison against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center

Simone Biles on the uneven bars

Simone Biles on the uneven bars

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill against the Jacksonville Jaguars' Tashaun Gipson at Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill against the Jacksonville Jaguars' Tashaun Gipson at Arrowhead Stadium

Team Europe's Francesco Molinari celebrates during Sunday Singles the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France

Team Europe's Francesco Molinari celebrates during Sunday Singles the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France

New York Giants QB Eli Manning against New Orleans Saints' Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan at MetLife Stadium

New York Giants QB Eli Manning against New Orleans Saints' Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan at MetLife Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers pitchers on the field before a game vs. the Kansas City Royals

Milwaukee Brewers pitchers on the field before a game vs. the Kansas City Royals

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs

Lewis Hamilton poses for a portrait in New York City

Lewis Hamilton poses for a portrait in New York City

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Phoenix Suns Trevor Ariza against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Phoenix Suns Trevor Ariza against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Clemson's Amari Rodgers making a pass vs. Furman at Clemson Memorial Stadium

Clemson's Amari Rodgers making a pass vs. Furman at Clemson Memorial Stadium

Justin Turner (10) against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium during Game 3

Justin Turner (10) against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium during Game 3

Adam Rippon poses for a portrait in New York City

Adam Rippon poses for a portrait in New York City

Penn State's Miles Sanders against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium

Penn State's Miles Sanders against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium

Los Angeles Kings goalie Calvin Petersen against the St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly 

Los Angeles Kings goalie Calvin Petersen against the St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly 

Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox in the dugout before Game 3; Walker Buehler pitches in Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox in the dugout before Game 3; Walker Buehler pitches in Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox

New England Patriots' Matthew Slater (18) with teammates and Minnesota Vikings players, praying in the endzone after a game at Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots' Matthew Slater (18) with teammates and Minnesota Vikings players, praying in the endzone after a game at Gillette Stadium

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (1) during a game vs. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (1) during a game vs. Oklahoma State

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field 

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field 

Clemson's Travis Etienne (9) vs. the Pittsburgh Panthers during the 2018 ACC Championship

Clemson's Travis Etienne (9) vs. the Pittsburgh Panthers during the 2018 ACC Championship

Alexander Ovechkin during a game against the Buffalo Sabres

Alexander Ovechkin during a game against the Buffalo Sabres

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 

Canelo Alvarez getting his hands wrapped before a fight against Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight world championship at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez getting his hands wrapped before a fight against Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight world championship at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott against the Philadelphia Eagles 

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott against the Philadelphia Eagles 

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