Photographers of the era managed to capture every aspect of the Olympic Games in Beijing. These images are special to them.
Over the past few weeks, a team of New York Times photographers has managed to capture every aspect of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
I thought a lot about the impact of photographing women, many of whom are still teenagers, figure skating in revealing clothes as they perform incredible sporting feats. Nicole Schott, 25 years old, from Germany, wears an outfit with a large slit on one side of the waist. When she had her back turned while spinning on a skate, I captured a few frames of how far she flexed. To me, the black shadows on her neck and along her belly show the amount of torque athletes’ bodies have to endure and the power required to perform these tricks. Her little Olympic hoop suspended in motion is a small detail to illustrate her spin speed and provide a bit of context for where she is competing.
It snowed heavily in just one day during these Winter Olympics – something that was really problematic since the Alpine courts are all made of artificial snow. For the men’s 4×10 km cross country relay, of course workers had to blow fresh snow from parallel lines made for classic skis. As the race started and the skiers ran ahead, there was a strong, bitter wind blowing snow in their faces. The scene was like a real Winter Olympics moment.
Chang W. Lee
A legend. The ultimate Olympic Games for that legend. And the last moment of the legend. I am humbled and honored to witness Shaun White’s emotions, which no one can tell with stories but can tell with pictures. For me, a picture that says a thousand words would be this picture. A legend that will remain the legend.
I had never photographed ski jumping before, so I arrived early in the morning at the ski jump center in Zhangjiakou and tried to find the best angle of the action. Of course, the perspective was thrilling, but no matter how I framed it, I couldn’t get the right contrast against the snowy white background. During a break in the competition, I left the hill. Then I came back when it was already dark. The winding cross-country track, which jumpers can see as they fly, is lit against the black background of the night, creating a beautiful sight. I waited for an athlete in a brightly colored suit to light her up in midair. It was an icy night, but despite the cold it was worth capturing the moment.
Olympic athletes are required to pass through an area known as the mixed zone. Reporters can ask questions there, but athletes are not required to answer. Last week, after falling and disqualifying at the top of Alpine, Mikaela Shiffrin spent more than an hour talking to reporters about the most disappointing Olympics of her career. Shiffrin could easily outdo all the journalists, but she didn’t. I was surprised, but impressed with her strength and courage. It must have been painful: The ceremony was happening right behind her, the Olympic music was playing, and the athletes on the podium celebrated with their medals. Shiffrin didn’t even turn his head to look.
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