The "selfie": defined by the Oxford dictionary as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media" - in other words, everyone's favorite thing to do with a camera.
Selfies have been around for years, but they've taken off thanks to the social media explosion and the addition of the front-facing camera to just about every smartphone on the market today.
Gone are the days of setting the digital camera on a tripod, putting the timer to ten seconds and running over to the rest of the people already posing for the shot. Now all we have to do is whip out the cell phone, flip to the front camera and snap away.
Like most trends, the selfie has found it's way into sport. It started as a way to get a picture with your favorite athlete, but now the athletes themselves have become masters of the selfie - either taking some fantastic selfies of their own off-the-field, or getting their hands on a phone in the middle of competition and invoking a roar and a hearty laugh from spectators as they take a selfie of themselves in their moment of glory.
The famous "Ellen Selfie" was one of the most re-tweeted photographs in the history of Twitter, and essentially broke the Internet thanks to the amount of star-power that was crammed into that one photograph - and while we see you, Ellen, we've got to give props to the flawlessly executed selfies taken during the heat of battle, as easily as hitting a long bomb or striking a ball past a helpless keeper.
15 LeBron's Trip to the Dentist
Someone please help me, PLEASE!! #DentistakaBoogieMan
A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on
LeBron James has truly embraced his role as one of this generation's greatest athletes - while others prefer to live a more secluded lifestyle, James has never shied away from letting fans into his daily routine or personal life through his Instagram account. He did just that with this selfie of him getting worked on by his dentist, reminding everyone that even superstars have to sit through the ordeal of getting a cleaning (and getting scolded for poor flossing habits).
14 Arsenal Victory Selfie
Seems pretty simple, right? A team wins a big game and the players get together on the pitch to celebrate - and do so by whipping out the camera phone and snap a few selfies. After a win against Tottenham, their fierce rival, Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Podolski did just that, and made sure to make some less-than-serious faces for the moment. You can also make out a couple of fans in the background who realize what's going on and try to get in on the fun from afar.
13 Murray & Djokovic
For the most part, and in most sports, rivalries between the top athletes are not very amicable. Rivalries are based on hatred and a raging competitive fire to beat the other guy (or girl). That's not necessarily the case anymore: LeBron James and Kevin Durant seem to get along just fine, as do Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. With all the friendly rivalries sprouting up around the world of sports, a selfie between two all-time greats was bound to happen eventually - and it happened to be Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic who got the ball rolling.
12 Usain Bolt
We all know Usain Bolt as the world's fastest man - the freak of nature who makes running 100 meters in under 10 seconds look as easy as taking a stroll in the park. It would have been much more impressive if Bolt, who often builds a sizeable lead on his opponents, pulled out a camera and snapped a selfie near the finish line during a race. That will obviously never happen, so this selfie with a group of fans after winning yet another race will have to do (but keep an open mind, Usain).
11 Rickie Fowler's Stache
10 Pat Barry Eats a Foot
YESSAM BOSSLADY!!! @invictafights @fearthefighter @suckerpunchent @shanknapp @alienwaremma
A photo posted by @hypeordie on
UFC fighter Pat Barry is used to being struck repeatedly in the face, but he might have had an easier time dealing with all those punches and kicks to the head than he did trying to forget the smell of an entire foot planted into his face for a selfie. He was clearly OK with it, seeing as he's the one taking the picture, so he's got no one but himself to blame if he got a good whiff of foot odor - he doesn't seem to mind too much in the photo, though.
9 The Pitch Invading Selfie
It's quite surprising that this hasn't happened more often by now. Drunken soccer fans have been storming the pitch - streaking or otherwise - so why not try and snap off a few commemorative photos of the moment while running around? Of course, the execution has to be flawless, as security will be breathing down your neck within seconds. This fan got a decent photo off during a friendly between Real Madrid and Inter Milan that took place in the States last year - he wasn't going to get this kind of opportunity again, so kudos to the guy for going for it.
8 Ovechkin & Price
7 Big Papi & Obama
What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/y5Ww74sEID — David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014
Talk about a powerful selfie - one of the best power hitters in the history of baseball snapping a quick selfie with the most powerful man in the world. David Ortiz is not one to be intimidated, so he had no issue whipping out his phone and taking a picture with Barack Obama during the Red Sox most recent visit to the White House. Obama didn't seem to mind - he's grinning from ear to ear and making sure to get his custom Sox jersey in the shot - but White House security didn't take too kindly to Ortiz's "antics". Thankfully, they came to their senses - so expect more presidential-athlete selfies in the future.
6 Brian Elliott
5 Jagr Bench Shot
4 Queen Elizabeth II Photobomb
3 Ibra's Wax Figure
I took the opportunity to take a selfie with myself at the Grevin Museum in Paris. The one to the right is made of wax and the one to the left is made of steel.
A photo posted by IAmZlatan (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) on
When he's not taking over the Internet with a video of a spectacular goal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is either chirping low-budget reporters or taking selfies of himself...with himself. Ibrahimovic was blown away by his wax statue and felt compelled to post it online, along with the caption "'I took the opportunity to take a selfie with myself at the Grevin Museum in Paris. The one to the right is made of wax and the one to the left is made of steel".
2 Bull Run Selfie
If this list was ranking the "craziest" selfies, the bull run selfie would be at the top, no questions asked. While "Christian" (the man in the photo) is not a world renowned athlete, we'll classify him as an athlete here - since running away from a pack of bulls absolutely takes some athletic ability. It's crazy enough to willingly participate in this event, but to take the time to snap a photo of the moment is just over-the-top insane.
1 Totti Goal Celly
Francesco Totti was probably the last person you'd expect to pull off such a magical celebration, but he did it - and he did it perfectly.
Not only was Totti's goal celebration selfie incredible - it was planned. Totti later admitted to purposely giving his phone to goalkeeping coach Guido Nanni, so that it was at the ready when he scored his record-breaking Derby della Capitale (games between Lazio and Roma) goal. The goal itself was a thing of beauty, but the selfie was what stole the show. Goal celebration selfies are not necessarily new, but Totti is the first to do so in Serie A. Just another notch on the belt of a footballing legend - just not one that any of us could have ever expected.
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