Every Winter Olympics one of the biggest tickets is always the Women’s Free Skate Final. While fans must pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to secure this hot ticket, we accreditated photographers must show up to the venue at 4am on, place our bags in line and hope we can get one of the 36 ice spots alloted to us. If you’re 37, you’re screwed. It doesn’t matter if you work for the New York Times, Ice Skating Journal, Kyoto News, or Newsweek, if you’re not in the Olympic pool it’s a complete free for all and cluster f*@#k to get a position. Today was no exception, as some members of the media either slept over at Pacific Coliseum after the speed skating last night, or arrived from 3am to cue up and sit in line. We arrived at 6:30am and were #32 out of 37, now have to wait and babysit our position until 2pm when the arm bands are given out, and the competition doesn’t even stat until 5pm. It’s a complete travesty that we have to be treated like adolescents waiting for concert tickets, miss an entire day of Olympic coverage (hello USA v Canada women’s gold medal game is today!), and are not even guaranteed a position. The IOC and the Host Organizing Committee has to come up with a better system than the current one or lack there of. Someone needs to step up and either prioritize the photographers interested in covering this event, make a sign up sheet with ticketed shooting areas as they do for other events, or just do a lottery. Something needs to be done so we don’t have another slumber party in the media center the night before the Figure Skating Final. I apologize for the diatribe, but the current situation is just a ridiculous waste of time and a lampoonery for the photographers, for the photo marshalls, for volunteers and everyone involved.
Day 14 Part Un – An Olympic Travesty
February 25, 2010 by 7 Comments