“The will to win was written all over their faces ⎯ I realized this was going to be an epic battle.”

My most iconic picture is from the finish line of the Men’s Biathlon Sprint Final at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. My German colleague Alexander Hassenstein covered our head on the ground level position, so I decided to go up on to a high tower set aside for photographers. The weather for most of the games had been grey and cloudy but on that day I was happy to see a bit of sun and blue sky with the light coming right over my left shoulder. My initial hope was for a good celebration picture so I settled in a spot facing straight at the middle of the finish line.

Nikita Kriukov and Alexander Panzhinskiy of Russia were actually neck and neck as they neared the end of the race. I knew this could be really close and had to move to the right of the position as the winners would clearly be coming from that side of the course. I waited for one of them to pull away, but it was like they were locked together! The will to win was written all over their faces ⎯ I realized this was going to be an epic battle. They crossed the line at the same time, stretching with all they had. And I got my picture.


About Lars Baron

Lars Baron became interested in a career in photography after having taken a course in sports photography offered by a photo studio in Dinslaken, Germany. He shot his first sports photos at the Trotter horseracing track in Dinslaken. Afterwards he worked as a freelance photographer for the local sports section of the NRZ Dinslaken newspaper, at first still working with film photography.

In 2003 he took a trainee role at the prestigious Bongarts Agency which in 2007 became part of Getty Images. Baron continues to cover several major sports events across the globe including the 2010 and 2014 World Cup.

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