Olympic Torch Relay

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay
I’ve been kind of grumpy about the Olympics for a while now, but I have to admit that it’s hard not to get a patriot lump in your throat when the torch comes through. It was nice seeing it going by in Britannia Beach, as it’s a long way away from the big Olympic machine

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay
The flame is handed off to a new runner

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay
The runners do a little dance at the trade off

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay
I got a call from the Canadian Press assignment service last night asking if I could spend the day covering a famous British athlete who was in town to do the torch run. Matthew Pinsent is a four time gold medal rower, and a really nice guy.

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay
An idea of how crazy things got. The guys in the track suits are RCMP security, who took some real pleasure in pushing us around. There were TV crews from CTV (the host broadcaster), the BBC (Matthew’s a sports journalist now), and a private crew from the Canadian Tourist Commission (my client).

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay
Matthew handing over the flame to former Whistler Mayor Drew Merideth.

Tech Stuff
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 and SB-800, with SU-800 controller.


Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay