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Big Shots for May 21, 2010

This week Big Shots travels to the beautiful French coastal town of La Rochelle to take in a cliff diving event before heading up into the Alps to watch the French national soccer team get in some high altitude training. The NBA and NHL playoffs are nearing their conclusion, as are soccer leagues in Europe. And that's not all. There's race walking in Mexico, badminton in Malaysia, and women's boxing in Afghanistan. ( 30 photos total)

An unidentified runner in a gorilla outfit climbs the Hayes Street hill during the Bay to Breakers 7.4 mile race May 16 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times/D. Ross Cameron)

Sparta Prague's Tomas Repka walks on the pitch as fans light flares during the match against FK Teplice May 15 in Prague. (MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Athletes run the 3000m steeplechase during the IAAF Diamond League series in Doha May 14. (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mark Webber celebrates by diving into the harbor after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit May 16 in Monte Carlo. (Mark Thompson/Getty Images) #

After diving in the harbor, Mark Webber relaxes in his changing room after celebrating his victory in the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit May 16 in Monte Carlo. (Mark Thompson/Getty Images) #

A Pakistani family watches the Pakistan-Australia T20 cricket match on television in Karachi May 14. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) #

A martial arts instructor (unseen) teaches self-defence techniques to children during a course at Changzheng Kung-fu School in Beijing May 19. (REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic) #

Amir Khan hits Paulie Malignaggi during the WBA light welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden May 15 in New York City. (John Gichigi/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

A young woman pauses while hitting a punching bag during a boxing training session at the Olympic Stadium in Kabul May 17. After years of being cloistered in their homes during Taliban times, Afghan women are using sports clubs and private gyms. Still a highly segregated society, there are few socially acceptable public places for women outside of schools or universities, and even fewer facilities for sports. (MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #

The New York Mets' Jeff Francoeur plays with an oversized glove in the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals May 19 in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) #

The Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore dives for a fly ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals May 13 in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) #

Australia cricketer Alex Blackwell misses the ball during the ICC Women's World Cup Twenty20 semifinal match between Australia and India at the Beausjour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia May 13. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Petr Koukal (right) of the Czech Republic checks Juha-Pekka Hytonen of Finland during their Ice Hockey World Championships match in Cologne May 20. (REUTERS/Grigory Dukor) #

The Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler reacts to being called out as the Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson tags him in the seventh inning of a MLB baseball game May 13 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) #

Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks falls beneath the legs of a San Jose Sharks player in during the Western Conference Finals of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion May 18 in San Jose. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) #

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant passes around the Phoenix Suns' Grant Hill as Steve Nash (left) watches during their NBA Western Conference Finals playoff series in Los Angeles May 17. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #

Chicago White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia throws against the Detroit Tigers during an MLB baseball game in Detroit May 18. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #

San Carlos' Juan Vicente Solis heads the ball during the final football match against Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica May 15. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images) #

Preakness hopeful Lookin At Lucky is washed after a workout at Pimlico race track in Baltimore May 14. (REUTERS/Molly Riley) #

Workers from a sign company prepare to remove a large playoff banner featuring Cleveland Cavaliers basketball players (left to right) Jawad Williams, LeBron James, and Anthony Parker from the front of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland May 14. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) #

A fireman tries to extinguish flames after Fenerbahce fans set ablaze some seats at the end of the Turkish Super League soccer match between Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul May 16. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer) #

E.J. Viso hits the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis May 18. (AP Photo/Bill Friel) #

The crash-damaged car of Fernando Alonso is lifted from the track during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit May 15 in Monte Carlo. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images) #

Spectators watch a soccer game at a camp for earthquake-displaced people in Port-au-Prince May 16. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) #

Competitors race during the women's 20k race at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup Chihuahua 2010 at Deportiva Sur circuit May 15 in Chihuahua, Mexico. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images) #

France's national soccer team players walk in the snow in Tignes, in the French Alps, May 19 as part of their altitude training in preparation for the 2010 World cup in South Africa. (AP Photo/Franck Fife/pool) #

Hassan Mouti dives from the 27m high platform during a cliff diving event in La Rochelle, France May 14. (AP Photo/Vincent Curutchet) #

Australian yachtswoman Jessica Watson, 16, crosses the finish line of her unassisted solo voyage around the world in her yacht Ella's Pink Lady at Sydney Harbor May 15. (REUTERS/Daniel Munoz) #

The Chinese doubles pair of Fu Haifeng (right) and Cai Yuan celebrate after defeating Indonesian doubles pair of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the final of the Thomas Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur May 16. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #

Elderly people exercise during the opening of the first dedicated "pensioners' playground" at Hyde Park in London May 19. The outdoor facility, which has been funded in partnership by Westminster Council and The Royal Parks, will feature fun fitness equipment designed specifically to provide gentle exercise for the over-60s. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #



Mark Webber.....Hero!

Posted by adam May 22, 10 02:48 PM

Good selection!!!

Posted by diegosantacruz May 23, 10 01:22 AM

No Giro d'Italia? WTF

Posted by Tom May 24, 10 03:05 PM

As I mentioned earlier, I'm saving the Giro d'Italia pictures, as well as Tour of California pictures (for you cycling fans) for special posts of their own.

Posted by Lane Turner, Big Shots editor May 24, 10 04:18 PM

Mark Webber is the best!!!

Posted by Leondra January 4, 11 07:03 AM
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