"It’s been a balmy day at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, with temperatures reaching the 60s, and a bright sun and blue sky."

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Gus Kenworthy of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Slopestyle Finals during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

“What I like most about this image is that the lens flare created by the sun lines up with the top of a jump on the slope style course. The skier wearing red, the blue sky and the white snow in the jump, with the colors of the Olympic rings in the snow, make the image bright and bold. Another powerful element is the highlight that rims the jump, which is created by the backlight of the sun. The skier is in mid-air with his skies crossed in a perfect X and almost appears to be floating in the deep blue sky, when in reality the slopestyle discipline is extremely fast-paced.”

Ezra Shaw has been a Getty Images staff photographer for more than 14 years. He is based in San Francisco and is in Sochi shooting his seventh Winter Olympics.

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