A positive image of an American female shooter, Kim Rhodes, displaying a sort of victory. This image is under the “Must See” sections which suggests that ESPN might be drawing attention to a less known sport in the US.
Croatia v Brazil - women's Handball Ana Paula Rodrigues of Brazil attacks in the women's Handball preliminaries Group A - Match 3 between Croatia and Brazil on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Copper Box on 28 July.
IMG211a: A neutral picture showing the US women’s gymnastics team is the largest picture on the ESPN site. Although the faces are neutral, the US sign is presented prominently. It’s interesting they picked this picture to feature because ESPN has a male dominated audience, but rather than sexualizing the female athletes, they chose to show a picture of the team looking concentrated.
IMG411: In this screenshot of the ESPN Olympics homepage, American swim sensation, Michael Phelps, is featured three times. Each image of him also has an American flag, which reflects an extreme national pride stemming from the numerous successes in this year’s Olympic games. On the other hand, there is only one more image on this screenshot and it is depicting the Chinese Badminton team’s cheating scandal.
National swimmer, Michael Phelps, displayed on ESPN in a positive image while he holds up a gold medal which is clearly the center of the picture. The American flag is absent from the image because he is so highly recognized.
IMG 311: The front page of American sports news outlet ESPN features a large photograph of swim sensation, Michael Phelps, receiving a gold medal. The heavy tendency to cover his achievements is proved by the fact that he is highlighted twice on this page alone. In contrast, South Korean athlete, Shin Lam, is captured crying. She is the only foreign athlete on the page.
IMG211c: ESPN used the same picture of national tennis player, Venus Williams, from yesterday’s report but with a different headline. Today’s report talks about her advance in the Olympics. This picture remains under ESPN’s headlines which shows Williams dominance in tennis.
IMG211: For a second day in a row, an American sport star was chosen to be the big picture on ESPN’s site with the “US” banner displayed clearly. Moreover, all the sports news posted revolves around female athletes. Three reports are of US teams and one from a different country which was the same as yesterday’s report.
IMG 111: The majority of the page is a rolling screen of the Olympics top news of the day but whoever took the screenshot captured a large image of American swimmer, Ryan Lochte. On the site, they portrayed a loss, an analysis and a teaser for upcoming events but they did not show an Olympic victory. There was a strong focus on American athletes. They even included Venus and Serena Williams on the page although they are currently competing at the Wimbledon.
IMG 111b: American news outlet, ESPN, features an image of national soccer player, Hope Solo, in the “Must See” section. It is a very small photograph but the emphasis on her intensity depicts Solo as strictly an athlete rather than the sexual-being she has been portrayed as in the past.
IMG 111a: American swim star, Ryan Lochte, is the most prominent image on the national ESPN Olympics coverage page. Although this photo is depicting a moment of defeat, the photographer aims to capture a sense of American pride by featuring the national flag on Lochte’s swim cap.