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Looking back at 2010

Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer


After filtering through my year of pictures the one thing which surprised me most was the number of sports pictures which made my list of personal favorites. In years past, my "yearenders" usually have a balance between news, sports and features, but this year is dominated by Sports. Some of that, obviously, has to do with the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, but I was surprised to find when I picked what I liked best from the year, there was little outside of sports I felt made the grade.

Over the next week or so, this blog, as well as photo galleries featured on the main web site (thestar.com) will feature a variety of "year's best" as selected by the photo staff. I invite you to take a look at various selections. 

What it looks like when you win Gold at Olympics

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Canada's Sydney Crosby (left), Joe Thornton (centre) and team captain Scott Neidermayer celebrate winning Gold in overtime against USA in Men's Hockey at Canada Hockey Place.

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Canada's Haley Irwin (left) and Meghan Agosta lay on the ice, with  their medals, about 30 minutes after the ceremony as Canada defeated USA at Women's Ice Hockey at Canada Hockey Place. The image of the "girls" and alcohol and cigars on the ice caused some flack with the IOC. The team apologized the next day.

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Scott Moir jumps into arms of his brothers, in the crowd, after the Gold medal presentation. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir earlier won GOLD in Free Dance of Ice Dance at Pacific Coliseum.


For one, Silver was sweet - for another, not good enough

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Canada's Marianne St-Gelais celebrates her SILVER following the Women's 500 metre Final Short Track Speed Skating at Pacific Coliseum. It was also her 20th birthday.

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Team Canada Skip Cheryl Bernard checks out the Gold medals of Sweden's team, from left, Kajsa Bergstroem's (alternate), Anna Le Moine (lead), Cathrine Lindahl (2nd) during the medal ceremony for Women's Curling at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Other pics from the World of Sports


Hawks Marvin Williams climbs the rim over Chris Bosh during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre. Bosh would depart Toronto during the off season. 


Chris Bosh reacts to being called for a foul late in the game during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks  at the Air Canada Centre. 


Jose Calderon yells in frustration after being called for a block foul on John Wall during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizzards at the Air Canada Centre.


Toronto's Drew Petkoff takes one off the nose during a fight with Steve Priolo during National Lacrosse League action between Toronto Rock and Buffalo Bandits at Air Canada Centre.


Rangers Nelson Cruz breaks his bat as he flies out during MLB action between Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.


 Fred Lewis can't come up with the ball as a runner turns on the Crawford triple during MLB Action between Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.


A catcher's glove sheds dust and sand as a pitch is delivered to home plate during high school baseball action between Sinclair Celtics and Birchmount Park at Kinsmen Stadium in Oshawa.

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TFC Jacob Peterson goes upside down thanks to Ben Zemanski during MLS action between Toronto FC and Chivas USA at BMO Field.


Stainslas Wawrinka lays on the ground after winning a tiebreak point against Rafael Nadal during the night match on Centre Court at the Rogers Cup at Rexall Centre at York University.


 Leafs Colby Armstrong celebrates his first goal as a Leaf during NHL action between Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers at the Air Canada Centre.


Jesse Mutiger is looking forward to the arrival of his twin sons. One of the things he hopes to pass on to them is his love of baseball. (Photo Illustration)


Kayla Watkins was pressured into leaving a co-ed hockey team by some parents of fellow teammates. She now plays in a girls' league for North York Storm.

Some News, some features


 Lyba Spring, sexual health promoter with Toronto Public Health, in her downtown office, with two puberty felt aids which have interchangeable parts to demonstrate to kids the changes that will occur in their bodies.


Renowned artist Julian Schnabel's shoes and socks at the press conference, and preview, at his AGO exhibit.


Susan Martin is hugged by friend Jill Dickson after the dedication of a bench and tree in honor of friends Dylan Ellis and Oliver Martin who were murdered two years ago as they sat in a car in the entertainment district. Friends raised funds and coordinated with the families and the City of Toronto in order to plant a tree and place a park bench in Ramsden Park, across from Rosedale TTC station. No arrest has ever been made in the double homicide.


Jackie McGregor-Einboden seen sitting in a pickup truck following the funeral service for her husband Ken, and daughter Brittany, 12. Ken Einboden rushed back into the house to try to get Brittany out after saving the couple's infant daughter,  Kendra.


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2010 is a very memorable year for all athletes and players. I enjoyed the photos above. They are really funny.

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