“It’s very rare in an event like slalom to be able to capture the three medalists reacting to their achievements – all at the same time, in the same picture."

"What’s most interesting about this picture is how the three of them react so differently and unexpectedly. Front and center is Julia Mancuso of the United States, who took the bronze medal and she is clearly excited. Behind her, lying on the ground is the gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who collapses to the ground in apparent relief. The silver medalist in the back, Nicole Hosp of Austria, seems to have little reaction at all, as if she was happy to medal, but would have been happier with a gold.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10:  (L-R) Gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, bronze medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States and silver medalist Nicole Hosp of Austria react to the final results of the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined Slalom on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Getty Images Photographer Alexander Hassenstein was born in Meiningen, Thüringen, Germany. He developed an interest in sports photography as a teenager and has gone on to cover Formula 1 World Tours, UEFA European Championships, World Cup and many other global athletic competitions. Alexander joined Getty Images in 2004 as staff photographer and is in Sochi photographing his eleventh Olympic Games.

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