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"Iconic" Collection

This is a collection of the most “Iconic Images” captured by Dick Druckman since 1984 when he started following his passion for shooting professional athletes in action, at some of the most special events in sporting history.

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  • Wayne Gretzky played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999 before finishing his career with the New York Rangers. Nicknamed “The Great One“, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and more assists than any other player. He scored more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. As of 2014, he still holds 60 NHL records.

  • The 1998 Major League Baseball home run chase in Major League Baseball was the race between first baseman Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and right fielder Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs that resulted in both players breaking Roger Maris’s long-standing and highly coveted record of 61 home runs. McGwire broke Maris’s record on September 8 against the Cubs and finished with 70 home runs. Sosa finished with 66.

  • At the age of 15, Tara Lipinski took home the Gold at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. She became the youngest individual Gold Medalist ever in Winter Games history. The record was previously held since 1928 by Figure Skater Sonja Henie.
    Tara skated a flawless program during the Olympics, which included seven triples and her signature triple loop/triple loop jump combination. Known for her technical abilities and breaking records, Tara became the first female to land a triple loop triple loop in competition.
    Leading up to the Olympics, Tara became the youngest National and World Champion, as well as the first skater to win two consecutive Grand Prix Final titles in 1997 and 1998.

  • Wayne Gretzky and the Canadian men’s hockey team arrived in Nagano looking to avenge their 1996 World Cup loss to the United States.
    But when the 1998 Winter Olympics were over, both Canada and the Americans went home empty-handed, having been served a lesson in international hockey by their European masters.

  • The US women’s gymnastics team won its first gold medal. Shannon Miller of the United States won the gold medal on the balance beam event, the first time an American gymnast had won an individual gold medal in a non-boycotted Olympic games.

  • Michael Johnson is the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 meter dash and 400 meterdash events at the same Olympics, a feat he accomplished at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Johnson is also the only man to successfully defend his Olympic title in the 400 m. Aside from his Olympic success Johnson accumulated eight gold medals at World Championships, and is thus tied with Carl Lewis for the second most gold medals won by a runner (second only to Usain Bolt).

  • Dominique Moceanu was expected to be a major medal threat at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. However, following the 1996 U.S. Nationals, where she placed third in the all-around, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right tibia.Her  injury forced her to sit out the Olympic Trials, and she was petitioned onto the team on the strength of her Nationals scores.

    At the Olympics, still struggling with her injury and sporting a heavily bandaged leg, Moceanu contributed to the team gold medal by turning in strong performances, good enough to qualify her for the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise. However, she faltered in the last rotation of team optionals, falling on both vaults and forcing the U.S. chances of a gold medal to rest solely on teammate Kerri Strug’s final vault. With Strug injuring herself in the successful attempt, Moceanu took her place in the all-around finals. Unfortunately, mistakes cost Moceanu a medal there, and she placed ninth. In the balance beam event final, Moceanu fell when she missed a foot on a layout and crashed into the balance beam on her head. She finished the exercise and went on to a strong performance in the floor finals later that day, finishing fourth and just missing a medal.

  • It was the Summer of Revenge for Andre Agassi in 1995. With the backing of Nike with his clothing line,  he was the No. 1 player in the world and at the physical peak of his career.

    The 25-year-old Agassi was a fearsome ball striker who had finally found the right blend of patience and percentages with coach Brad Gilbert’s baseline philosophy. He had combined his talent with hard work and intelligence, work ethic and purpose, and he had his sights set on ruling all of tennis for a long time.

    He had won the 1994 U.S. Open and defeated rival and tennis king Pete Sampras in the 1995 Australian Open final. By the time he crossed the Atlantic in mid-April, he had captured the No. 1 ranking.

  • In Sculpture Park there stood a stature titled “The Spoiled Child”  famed by many participants during the 1994  Lillehammer Olympics

  • 1994 Lillehammer, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Free Skate – Tonya Harding of the United States had skate lace problems when her original laces broke during the 6-minute warm up. Her team did not have a proper spare lace for this kind of an emergency and ended up using whatever they could find, which apparently was not long enough for her to properly tie her skate. In order to avoid being disqualified for not getting into her starting position within the 2 minutes after they announced her name, she would rush out ill prepared and started her routine. She would bail out of the opening triple Lutz and then go to the referee to show the problem. She would be allowed time to fix her lace problem. It seemed that Tonya expected only a small break to change her lace and then go back out to skate, but the announcer came on and announced that she would be allowed to reskate at the end of the group and immediately called out Josee Chouinard of Canada to skate.

  • In 1994 at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway, USA womens short track speed skater Kathy Turner returned yet again for the 1994 Games. She won gold in the 500 meters in a controversial race in which silver medalist Zhang Yanmei accused Turner of grabbing her leg as Turner passed her, however, the judges did not see it that way.

  • In 1994 at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway, USA womens short track speed skater Kathy Turner returned yet again for the 1994 Games. She won gold in the 500 meters in a controversial race in which silver medalist Zhang Yanmei accused Turner of grabbing her leg as Turner passed her, however, the judges did not see it that way.

  • In 1994 at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway, Gordeeva/Grinkov took advantage of a one-time rule change that allowed professional skaters to regain their Olympic eligibility. They won their second gold medal, the only reinstated skaters to win gold.

  • The 1992 Olympics Basketball “Dream Team”  led by Coach Chuck Daly, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, John Stockton The U.S. team averaged an Olympic record of 117.3 points a game, and won by an average of 43.8 points. Charles Barkley was the team scoring leader but it was Jordan who led the U.S. in the games against the harder rival and silver medalist Croatia. He scored 21 points in the first round game and 22 in the gold medal contest. MJ also leaded the tournament with 37 steals.

  • In front of a giant crowd at the ’92 Barcelona Olympics, Gao Min of China spins during a dive making her hair stand on end. She won a gold medal in the finals of the women’s 3-meter springboard competition.

  • Carl Lewis 100 meter Gold Medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angles California

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