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Steve Russell's favourite pictures of 2012

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

These are my favourite pictures and links to some of my favourite assignments.

Ten metre platform diver Meaghan Benfeito trains at Montreal 1976 Olympic Pool, April 2, 2012. Benfeito and diving partner Rosaline Filion won bronze in 10 metre platform synchronized diving in London.

A woman weeps after the announcement of the first dead victim was removed from the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake. Three demolition cranes from Toronto took apart the building for rescuers after the roof of the Mall caved in killing two. There were fears that as many as a dozen people might have been trapped.

The remains of the second victim are removed past an line of rescuers with their hats removed in respect. Three demolition cranes took apart the building for rescuers after the roof of the Algo Centre Mall caved in killing two in Elliot Lake. 

The funeral procession for Tomer (Tom) Samson who was killed while riding his bicycle to work at Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road. The funeral was held at the Wychwood Barns, where he took his children every weekend, in Toronto. November 27, 2012

TTC chair Karen Stintz gets ready to test her ball hockey skills at Nathan Phillips Square as the Ontario Summer Games began their 100 day countdown to competition in Toronto. May 9, 2012. 

Mayor Rob Ford reacts to a Jarvis bike lane question as he scrums.  October 2, 2012.

Dressed like chauffers, a group waits to unveil the new Cooper Mini Goodwin at the Toronto International Auto show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, only 21 will be available in Canada .  February 16, 2012. See more from the Toronto International Auto Show here!

Zebras from O, a water-themed stage production by Cirque du Soleil that is currently playing in Las Vegas at the Bellagio perform on the Infiniti JX in the North Building at the Toronto International Auto show in Toronto.  February 18, 2012. 

Bobbe Wood the president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada leaves the stage after dropping off her notes prior to the Heart Truth Fashion Show 2012. Celebrities model red dresses by Canadian designers to raise awareness of heart disease in women at the Carlu in Toronto. March 8, 2012. 

Liza Fromer has her hair done at the Heart Truth Fashion Show 2012 at the Carlu in Toronto.  The red dress is the symbol of the Heart Truth campaign. March 8, 2012.

Leave the door open a crack. Stephane Deschenes feels that being naked makes the almost 40 degree weather bearable. The Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park in East Gwillimbury was offering free day passes so people can come up shed clothing and beat the summer heat. June 21, 2012.

Barbadian-Canadian novelist Austin Clarke, winner of this year's Harbourfront Festival Prize, at his home in Toronto.  October 24, 2012.

Ben Wood uses a treadmill, as the speed increases his physiotherapist Julie Vaughan, right, and mother Sandy help him adjust to the speed.  Ben Wood, who suffered a spinal cord injury three years ago at the age 14, jumping from a trampoline into a swimming pool paralyzing himself from the chest down can take steps with a walker, thanks to intense, specialized physiotherapy with Julie Vaughan. Ben and his mother Sandy drive in from drive from Cobourg for these sessions. He's now 17.

Andrew Barlow warms up with the guillotine pose at the Eastern Canadian Hatha Yoga Championship held at De La Salle College in Toronto. Competitors have three minutes to perform seven poses, five of the poses are compulsory,  Standing Head to Knee, Standing Bow Pulling, Bow, Rabbit, and Stretching. Competitors than can perform two other poses of their choosing. April 15, 2012.

Ron Ellis laughs as Phil Esposito gestures to Alexander Yakushev, recreating a gesture he made forty years before. The members of the  '72 Summit Series were presented with Jubilee Medals at the Gala. September 28, 2012.

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin gets the winning three pointer in over Jose Calderon with 0.5 seconds left in the game as the Linsanity came to Toronto, February 14, 2012.

Dwayne Casey reacts to a blown assignment as the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-77 in Toronto.  January 4, 2012.

Tim Connolly takes down Patrice Bergeron in second period action as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  March 6, 2012. 

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham shows the referee a beer can that was thrown at him in second half action as Toronto FC draw the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions league quarter-final at Rogers Centre in Toronto.  March 7, 2012.  More Becks versus Toronto FC.

Heather MacLean from Etobicoke Swim Club finished third, but secured a spot on the London Team in the 100 freestyle in the evening Finals at the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials at the 1976 Olympic Pool in Montreal.   March 31, 2012.

One and three metre springboard diver Jennifer Abel works out at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Pool . April 3, 2012.

One and three metre springboard diver Jennifer Abel splashes down while training off the one metre springboard at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Pool. April 3, 2012. This was one of my favourite assignments of 2012, see more from the shoot.

Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia goes over the fence into the dugout to make an out in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angels Angels 11-2.  June 30, 2012.

Tony Sharpe, left, does resistance training with his athletes.  Sharpe, a former teammate of Ben Johnson's and a bronze medalist in the 4x100 relay in the Los Angeles Olympics, has had his right to federal sports funding restored 24 years after Canada's infamous doping scandal. Sharp coaches kids in his Speed Academy Club at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering.  September 25, 2012.

Den Fish collapses at the finish line at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto.  October 14, 2012.

Toronto Argonauts Andre Durie scores a fourth quarter touchdown against the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup game at Roger's Centre.

As time winds down Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich has Gatorade dumped on him in celebration of the Argonauts 35-22 victory over the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup game. See more of the Star's game coverage.

Don Bosco's Neko Hamilton and another defender knock the helmet off of Huron Heights Derek Pisani in the first half of the Metro Bowl. The Don Bosco Eagles from Etobicoke and coached by Mayor Rob Ford played the Huron Heights Warriors from Newmarket in the Metro Bowl at Rogers Centre in Toronto.   November 27, 2012.

Canadian distance runner Cameron Levins, fifth from left, runs the 5,000 at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium  in London.  August 11, 2012. 

Canada's Christine Sinclair strips the ball from Japan's Mizuho Sakaguchi as Canada loses 2-1 to Japan in their opening game at the London Olympics.

Ducks in the in the Serpentine River share the water with fifty-six women during the women's triathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Hyde Park in London.  August 4, 2012.

Brent Hayden wins the bronze medal in the 100 metre freestyle swimming in the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatic Centre in London.  August 1, 2012.

Canadian Heptathlete Jessica Zelinka fails three attempts at 1.68 metres scoring a disappointing 830 points in the high jump at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London.  August 3, 2012.

Kaylyn Kyle, right, gets head and hair on the ball in front of Camille Abily as Canada wins the bronze medal beating France 1-0 inthe bronze medal soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Coventry Stadium.  August 9, 2012. See more of my Olympic favourites.

At six in the morning Toronto Star reporter Randy Starkman arrives at Mary Spencer's gym to watch her train in Windsor. March 15, 2012. Randy Starkman passed away shortly after and is missed dearly by colleagues at the paper.

Steve Russell's best of 2010 and 2011.



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Very impressive Steve, as always.

Great capture of the runners with the torch in the foreground.

This young man has done more in these two years than most of us have done in 40 years. Very humbling.

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