Noriaki Kasai #6-4 of Japan competes during the Men’s Team Ski Jumping Competition at the Whistler Olympic Park during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 22, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle)
That’s how I’m going to keep in tonight because that’s how my day went. Not by choice, just my interest in the Olympics is waning as probably yours is and the millions of TV viewers are. It’s not the athletes fault as there have been some unbeleivable performances this games; and it’s not NBC fault because their coverage and commentary is always entertaining. It’s just that 16 days is a really long time to be inundated by sports, especially sports and athletes you only see every four years. Maybe it’s because my wake up call this morning at 6am after about 3 1/2 hours of sleep was the most painful one to date. Or maybe it’s because I returned to a venue and shot the same pictures of the same atheletes I did a couple days ago. Again not because I wanted to, but just because it pays.
At any rate, I returned to the Whistler Olympic Park today for the Men’s Ski Jumping Final. A nordic event that’s part avian, part daredevils, these athletes are a blast to watch and shoot. And the TV doesn’t do their sport any justice. Some of these guys gains speeds of over 90km per hour before they launch and soar through the air for nearly 150M (which for us Americans not on the metric system that’s nearly 500 feet). Or for those good ole boys and rednecks out there who grew up watching Evil Knievel that’s over 123 buses! No wonder Matti Nykänen, a.k.a. the “Flying Finn”, who was a four-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion, was rumored to spend much of his jumping career intoxicated.
Anyways here are some photo from today…please let me know me know if your Olympic Interest is waning like mine, or if you guys are still watching the melting snow up here on delay. Give me a shout!