LONDON OLYMPICS – Day 6 Photo of the Day

LONDON, ENGLAND – August 1st: Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha of Brazil play against Josh Binstock and Martin Reader of Canada in the preliminary round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Games, Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1st, 2012 at the Horse Guards Parade Volleyball Venue, London, England. (Photo by Donald Miralle) Nikon D4  Lens:24-70mm  Fstop:4  Shutter:1/640th sec  ISO:320

LONDON OLYMPICS – Day 6 Getting Up

Sometimes you have bad days and you fall down. During an Olympic Games it happens only once or twice and you pick yourself up and keep on going because you have to. Sometimes you have friends that help you up. The last 24 hours was a rough one, and I just tried to keep everything in perspective, and as my wife Lauren told me “It’s a new day and just make the best of it.” Here’s the best of my day, minus all the days shortcomings…

LONDON OLYMPICS – Day 5 Photo of the Day

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31:  Michael Jamieson of Great Britain swims in the Men’s 200M Breaststroke during Swimming Finals, Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the Aquatics Center in Olympic Park, London, England. (Photo by Donald Miralle) Camera: Nikon D4   Lens: 16mm  Aperture: F4  Shutter: 1/2000 sec.  Aquatech NY-4 housing with a LP-3 Dome Port. Triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus III’s via cable.

LONDON OLYMPICS – Day 5 Phelps Greatest Ever

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30 minutes after Michael Phelps fell to a young South African kid who no one had heard of before, Phelps rebounded after his loss in his baby the 200M Butterfly to become the most decorated Olympic athlete ever by achieving 19 Olympic medals. After receiving gold in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay, Phelps broke the record for an athlete with the most Olympics medals (18) which was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. He now holds 15 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals. 9 of Phelps gold medals were won by individual events and 8 of them were won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which I had the pleasure of witnessing.

The coolest part of the night was when I and Al Bello were in the hallway getting our scuba kits ready when we ran into Phelps, gave him a hug and congratulated him on his unbelievable accomplishment. Of course neither of us had a camera or iphone on us! I remember shooting him 14 years ago at the US Nationals in Seattle when he was an ackward 14 year-old kid who won the US title in the 200M Butterfly. You knew he was going to be a stud, but never dreamt he would be the best ever…Congrats to Michael and his accomplishment, unbelievable!!!