What does it feel like to look into the eyes of greatness? A world-class photographer asked himself that question,
so he chased down athletes who have given us some of the most memorable moments of 2010.
The result : A perfect...
10 for '10
Kevin Durant is 6’9”, born and bred inside the Washington, D.C., beltway and, despite being one of
the NBA’s most incandescent young stars, so unassuming that he might stroll unrecognized through most malls in America.
Kim Yu-na is 5’4”, a native South Korean and a celebrity so revered in her homeland that in 2006 she moved to Toronto,
where rock-star levels of adulation wouldn’t interfere with her training. And that was four years before she won
an Olympic figure skating gold medal at the Vancouver Games last February.
The towering Oklahoma City Thunder forward –Durant was the NBA’s scoring leader last season and in September led
Team USA to its first basketball world championship in 16 years –and the diminutive Winter Olympics champion would
seem to have little in common, aside perhaps from their outsized leaping abilities and the fact that both gained
international stardom in 2010. But longtime SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. recognized something else when he turned his lens on them. “There’s a certain aura about all great athletes,” Iooss says. “I don’t know if it’s because you know they’re great or they know they’re great. But there’s something that you sense as soon as they walk in the room.”