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Big Shots for December 15, 2009

It's a busy time in the sports world. There were so many great images this week that the edit was extremely difficult. And there were three ongoing events that I'm not even including here: the South East Asian Games (SEA Games), the East Asian Games (yes, two different Olympic style competitions running concurrently in the same region) and the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. I'll have separate posts on those events soon, and I'll post Part 2 of the 100 Best Sports Photographs of 2009 on Thursday. It's a good time to be a fan of sports photography. ( 35 photos total)

Surfer Kelly Slater pumps his fist after surviving the whitewater of a wave at the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf contest on the North Shore at Waimea Bay, Hawaii December 8. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register/Michael Goulding)

A snowboarder competes during the US Snowboard Grand Prix men's qualifier December 11 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) #

An unknown athlete competes during the women's 4x6 km relay in the IBU Biathlon World Cup December 13 in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Dylan Pell competes in the BMX Grand Final of the North Western League 2009 Skate And BMX League Series at Kensington Skate Park December 13 in Melbourne. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) #

An unidentified snowboarder competes during a preliminary match at the LG Snowboard Big Air FIS World Cup 2010 competition at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 13. (REUTERS/Kang Bong-Gyu/Korea Pool) #

A participant performs during the Hyundai Card Super Match IX December 11 in downtown Seoul. (Kim Bum-Seok-pool/Getty Images) #

Germany's Andreas Strodl falls during the FIS Ski World Cup men's Super G December 12 in Val-D'Isere, French Alps. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) #

The San Diego Chargers' Malcom Floyd (right) is unable to make a reception as he is defended by the Dallas Cowboys' Alan Ball and Mike Jenkins during their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas December 13. (REUTERS/Mike Stone) #

Chris from Frankfurt (right) and Demba Ba from Hoffenheim challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt in Sinsheim, Germany December 12. (AP Photo/Daniel Roland) #

Marie-Philip Poulin (top) of Canada and Caitlin Cahow of the US collide while pursuing the puck during their match at the Magness Arena at Denver University December 12 in Denver. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Stade Francais's Pascal Papae (left) mishandles the ball as Ulster's Darren Cave goes down during the Heineken Cup match at Ravenhill Park in Belfast December 12, 2009. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani Kushti wrestler Bashir Bohla Balha (right) trains at the Champion Khalu Behalwan wrestling club in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) #

Ken Whelan and Royal County Star fall in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase during an International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse in England December 11. (AP Photo/David Davies/PA Wire) #

Cody Hancock hits the dirt after being thrown by Ballistic during the 9th go-around of the 2009 National Finals Rodeo December 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Hancock was transported the hospital with a concussion. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun/Sam Morris) #

Akron's Anthony Ampaipitakwong is stepped on by Virginia players during an NCAA men's College Cup championship soccer game in Cary, N.C. December 13. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) #

Juventus' David Trezeguet cheers after scoring during a Champions League soccer match between agianst Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Turin December 8. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca) #

A crocodile lies in wait by the 13th green during practice before the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club December 9 in Malelane, South Africa. (Warren Little/Getty Images) #

A kangaroo hops past Robert Allenby as he walks down the 12th fairway during the Australian PGA Championship December 10 at the Sunshine Coast, Australia. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) #

Riders in 'Le Tour de Madagascar' cycle past bulls pulling a plough. The sixth edition of the Tour ended in Antananarivo after ten days of racing without a hitch despite the political and logistical difficulties, and with a popularity that continues unabated in rural Madagascar. (GREGOIRE POURTIER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (top) and Stanislav Donets compete in the 100m backstroke finals at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul December 13. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) #

Contestants swim during the Women's 200m freestyle heat at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul December 13. (MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Nebraska's Brooke Delano (right) goes for a kill against Texas in the NCAA college volleyball regional final match in Omaha December 12. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) #

Rutgers' Chelsey Lee looks to shoot versus Prairie View during a women's NCAA college basketball game in Piscataway, N.J. December 10. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen) #

Southern California's Alex Stepheson (center) battles Idaho State's Demetrius Monroe (left) and Chron Tatum for a rebound during an NCAA basketball game in Los Angeles December 11. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) #

Congo's Chantal Okoye Mbon (left) aims a shot during a preliminary round match against Denmark at the women's handball world championships in Wuxi, China December 7. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) #

Vitali Klitschko (right) and Kevin Johnson demonstrate just how sweet "the sweet science" can get during their WBC heavyweight title bout in Berne, Switzerland December 12. (AP Photo/Keystone, Lukas Lehmann) #

Tongues tie together Michael Walchhofer at the World Cup Super G ski race in Val d'Isere December 12 and Petra Majdic at the FIS World Cup cross-country 1.4km free sprint race in Davos December 13. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann) (REUTERS/Miro Kuzmanovic) #

Chad Hedrick skates the 1500m during the ISU World Cup Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval December 11 in Kearns, Utah. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

An Army Cadet watches the college football game against the Navy Midshipmen December 12 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) #

Managing Director of the Silverstone race circuit Richard Phillips speaks during a news conference in England December 8, announcing a 17-year deal to stage the British Grand Prix. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #

The Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre looks to throw in traffic during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals December 13 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) #

A band plays outside Lambeau Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens December 7 in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) #

Olympiakos players celebrate their qualification to the next round of the Champions League after the end of a soccer match against Arsenal at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece December 9. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

A "Mamacha" (Andean woman) kicks a penalty while another defends during a football match outside the National Stadium in Lima December 12. (ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images) #

Michelle Wie plays above the blowing sand on the 'At the Top Burj Dubai' viewing area on the 124th floor of the world's tallest building as a preview for the Dubai Ladies Masters December 8 in Dubai. (David Rogers/Getty Images) #



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I love the sequence 14-17. I don't know why people don't leave comments here, I think it's a great blog!

Posted by Panete December 16, 09 06:11 PM
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Great works, # 12 is my favorit!

Posted by Ahrsib December 20, 09 04:40 PM
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Great pictures, as allways. Especially the emotions and passions on the peoples faces, stunning.

Posted by Erik Jansen December 20, 09 04:56 PM
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#30. Amazing pic.

Posted by Anderson Guedes December 20, 09 04:57 PM
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It is great...... indeed. And so many other blogs from around the world do link to these pages @ boston.com so often.

Posted by andre December 21, 09 03:26 AM
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How come there's no pictures from New England Revs soccer team from MLS...

Posted by Amadeus December 21, 09 07:19 AM
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@Amadeus

Thanks for your interest in the New England Revolution. There are two reasons why there are no pictures of the Revs in this post. The first is that they haven't played since November 7. The second is the lack of great photographs of them in action, a situation I hope changes when they begin their new season next year.

Thanks,

Posted by Lane Turner, Big Shots editor December 21, 09 11:47 AM
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