Foto Ruta's Top 5 Picks of Olympic Photographs

Ripped muscles, intense moments of competition, speed, strength, endurance, sweat, and a whole lot of emotion make Olympics a great photography subject. Check out our top five picks of olympic photographs and moments and cheer on as the sport event of the year wraps up. 

A First

At the 1900's Olympics, women were finally allowed to compete on some categories. Charlotte Cooper was the first to win a gold medal. 

A Perfect Ten

Suzanne Vlamis

Suzanne Vlamis

Romanian Nadia Comaneci is well remembered for her perfect 10s (plural) at the 1976 Olympics when she was just 14 years old!

A Fleeting Instant

Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier

Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier

Beijing Olympics, Aug. 16, 2008 

It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile they say, and Michael Phelps surely knows it after his 2008 olympic win by just 0.01 seconds. Cartier-Bresson would be proud. 

A Heroic Win

Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and ruined Hitler's racist plan to prove supposed Aryan superiority. Beat that. 

A Piece of Cake

Cameron Spencer

Cameron Spencer

Usain Bolt's impish Caribbean smile (or is it a laugh?) obviously had to make it to our top 5 pick of Olympic Photographs, and he will certainly be remembered as the star of this year's 2016 Rio event.