SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21:  (L to R) Denis Yuskov, Ivan skobrev and Aleksandr Rumyantsev of Russia compete during the Men's Team Pursuit Quarterfinals Speed Skating event on day fourteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“This pan blur of the Russian Team Pursuit team makes for a very bright and vibrant picture that gives the impression of just how smooth and fast these skaters are.  The effect is created by shooting at a slow shutter speed and panning the camera with the skaters. It’s not easy to move the camera at exactly the same pace as the athletes and it takes practice. Even with practice, it’s no guarantee that you’ll come away with a picture like this everytime.”

About Quinn Rooney

Based in Sydney, Award-winning Getty Images Photographer Quinn Rooney shoots national and international sports events, including the Olympics, Australian Open, Formula 1 and the football World Cup. Earlier this month, he received a World Press Photo award for images shot at the World Swimming Championships. Quinn is in Sochi shooting his fourth Olympic Games.

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The 2014 Winter Olympics, will take place from 6 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Since 1988, Getty Images has been the Authorised Photo Agency for the IOC. Our coverage began with the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, while our archival Olympic imagery goes back over one hundred years.

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