What a year 2021 was for Utah sports, and Deseret News photographers were right there, giving readers a front-row seat, literally, to all the action. It was a welcome contrast to 2020, when photographers needed to maintain their distance at sporting events due to the ongoing pandemic.

For most of 2021, fans were back in the stands and our photographers were once again on the sidelines, able to document up-close the efforts and emotions of Utah athletes as well as you, the fans.

We wrap up the year looking back at 30 of the best Deseret News sports images from 2021. Enjoy.

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