One day till the opening ceremony and the start of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

We've been capturing the athletes preparations - here's our top 10 images. Share your favourites with #gettysports

 


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: A member of the Japan speed skating team prepares to practise on the ice during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Mika Hori #7 takes a picture of (L-R) Yurie Adachi #11, Nana Fujimoto #30 and Yuka Hirano #17 of Japan prior to their Women's Ice Hockey practice session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Shayba Arena on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: Sochi woolly gloves are seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 2, 2014 in Rosa Khutor, Sochi. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: An Olympic worker watches athletes train on the moguls course at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A Cross country skier trains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Figure skater Mao Asada of Japan practices at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: Dimitry Reiherd of Kazakhstan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: Serayin Wiesker of Switzerland practices ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Winston Watts of Jamaica pilots a bobsleigh practice run ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Want a chance to apply and showcase your creativity, passion and skill at shooting winter sports? 

Now the challenge is yours. We want to see your creativity, passion and skill to capture the essence, atmosphere and action – whether it's ice skating, skiing, curling or sledding -  anything that's a winter sport.

As the Sochi Winter Olympic Games commence, we want you to get out and shoot the winter sports taking place around you - Richard, and along with Clive Rose, another sports photographer for Getty Images, will review and select their top 5 favourites, and those photographers will receive an Amazon Gift Card to the value of US$500 each.

The competition run from 7 February 2014 to 7 March 2014 (till midnight GMT). For more details, to enter and to see all entries, visit the competition page. And don't forget to share using #gettymasterclass!

 

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.

Prepare for Sochi Winter Olympic Games with our coverage from all the venues, of all the athletes and from around Sochi & Russia via our Sochi Winter Olympic Games landing page.

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