SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18:  (L-R) Luca Matteotti of Italy (blue bib), Hanno Douschan of Austria (white bib), Paul-Henri De Le Rue of France (yellow bib), Pierre Vaultier of France (green bib), Omar Visintin of Italy (red bib) and Cameron Bolton of Australia (black bib) compete in the Men's Snowboard Cross 1/8 Finals on day eleven of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

“What’s best about this frame is the stark grey clouds and rain covering the Snowboard Cross event this morning and the bright colors of the snowboarders contrasted against the sky.  All of them are off the ground, going over one of the courses jumps, and the shape of the riders along with the colors almost resemble a rainbow.”


Award-winning photographer Adam Pretty began his career as a news photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald and joined Getty Images in 1998 as a sports shooter. Since then, he’s been based in Los Angeles, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo and Munich, where he continues to work today, shooting editorial and commercial work. Adam’s in Sochi shooting his sixth Olympic Games.

To see Adam in action in Sochi, check out this recent interview on Australian television

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