This one goes to Eleven

Links:

Beach Volleyball – story by Elliott Almond – pix by me

Women’s Water Polo – story by Elliott Almond – pix by me

Laundry this morning, finally.  In the building next door the laundry machines are free!  (Normally you have to pay – but I guess for the Olympics they set them as free) – didn’t take too long either:

I got to the train stop one minute before the train was supposed to leave and I was all excited because it said it was the Stratford International train, which never happens, that meant I wouldn’t have to transfer anywhere!  But about four stops from the Stratford International they all of the sudden “terminated” the line… so everyone had to get off and change trains.  oh well, I tried to take a picture the “Stratford International” sign but didn’t show up:

After the DLR went to the MPC because I wanted to get some more cough medicine.  This morning was bad, has a relapse.  Since 2000, I’ve only called in sick, I think, 5-6 times.  Today I would have called in sick for sure.   I swear I’m allergic to something in my room.  I was able to get some more medicine but didn’t have enough time to run to the doctor as I ran out of antibiotics.  Will try and do that tomorrow morning.  I went back to the MPC hoping to get some of that beef stew but they didn’t have it.  But next to McDonald’s there is a “Grill” place – and I had a nice steak.  Was running a little behind so finished up and went to the bus to get to the Water Polo venue.

Ran into one of our former columnists – Ann Killion – it was good to see her, we chatted for a little bit – then she had to do a live thingy with KFOG – that was cool.  So the swim venue is about 50 feet away from the water polo venue… but we aren’t allowed to walk between venues (at least the short way – we can walk up to the Olympic Stadium and then back down – that’s a haul).  For some reason the bus doesn’t drop off in front of the media center – it drops off about 1,000 feet from it?  sigh.  As we were getting off the bus John was on the lower level.

USA Women were playing Australia – we could only stay for the first half because we had to book over to Women’s Beach Volleyball – for Kerri Walsh.  So we shot the first half and then packed up.  It was a little bit of a disaster – John and I walked with Elliott – he said he had a great route – which it probably was if there hadn’t been a gillion people around.  The mall was just completely insane.  We kinda bailed on him and walked over from the Stratford Station to the Stratford International Station and ended up taking the Javelin down… the Javelin is super cool – it goes about 140 mph and reaches downtown in about 10 minutes with no other stops, and it has a bathroom and nice seats:

The Javelin terminates at the Kings Cross station – apparently this is the station to get to Hogwarts – Harry Potter!  John said there is a platform named 9 1/2 – didn’t have time to see it though!:

We took a few Tube lines – Victoria to Northern (but went south) to the media entrance, well it was the media entrance that has been working for the past week.  Today all of the sudden we are told that we can no longer use that entrance, that we have to walk around.  “Around” is a 20 minute walk.  Considering the media center was one minute away from where we were we were quite pissed.  It made no sense because fans could still go through that entrance as well.  The kicker is that Paul arrived about an hour later and they let him through there.  Typically as the days go by things at the Olympics (logistical things) get easier – here they are getting more difficult.

Luckily the rain held off and Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor were able to defeat the Chinese team – they barely did but it was a fun match.

Afterwards John and Paul and I went to the Chinese restaurant Elliott and I had eaten at a few days ago – Super Star Chinese Restaurant.  We walked in the rain but it was worth it, since I wasn’t feeling too well had three bowls of soup and a small appetizer.  Elliott was able to join us and we took the Northern Line to the Central Line to the DLR back to the dorms.  Hoping I feel better tomorrow…

Day 10!

Links:

Field Hockey (unknown location)

Synchronized Swimming (unknown location)

Track & Field

Look at the cool pin I got from Terry Schmidt, a super nice, old-school, cool photographer from the Bay Area – who works for UPI. Terry is actually one of the first people I met (outside of the Merc) when I moved to San Jose in 2000 – I was covering the US Open at Pebble Beach and he welcomed me to the Bay Area – still remember – it was on the first green I believe. 🙂 One of the things that used to be huge was trading pins amongst organizations and you’d use them to bribe the staff for favors (haha) but that isn’t as big of a deal since there are so few organizations here and the ones that are here don’t often make pins anymore – but it was fun to see in Greece – people were going crazy for the pins. So Terry gave me one of his sweet pins and was nice enough to give me limited edition pin in a hilariously cool ring box – haha:

Was planning on doing laundry in the morning but John talked me into doing field hockey instead – US versus South Africa. I had only photographed it once before in Greece, I think, interesting sport. It looks very uncomfortable because the sticks are so short they have to lean over and run at the same time – doesn’t seem like it would be good for the back. They just call it hockey here – I really enjoy covering hockey – this wasn’t too bad either – but much slower – but they aren’t wearing helmets (most of the time) so it’s good for facial expressions. They water down the field at half-time so that the ball moves around better – here is John enjoying it:

I was planning on covering synchronized swimming and the water polo and then track and field – but it turned out that we thought water polo was at 5:30 – but it really started at 15:30 which is 3:30 of course. Synchro started at 3:00… so impossible to do both. Went to MPC to grab some food – was hoping for the beef stew from the other day but they had fish and chips which didn’t look too great – so had to settle for a quarter pounder. Grabbed the bus and ran into Jed when we stopped at the Olympic Stadium -here he is waiting to get on (second from right):

We both were going to Synchro swimming – he had never shot it before – I’ve shot it a bunch of times but only above water, so we both decided to try it under water. It was cool – there were 24 teams competing – the US was 22! Each one was about 3-4 minutes, then a few minutes break – so it took quite some time to finish. It’s neat they have windows under water – the view is good as long as they are straight on – if they move the side of the window there is too much distortion in the glass. John popped down after he went to wrestling.

Afterwards we headed to track… John and I were ready to walk and Jed wanted to take the bus – we made fun of him. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the stadium from the Aquatics Centre – if we wanted to take the bus – it would have taken about 20 minutes – and that just if the bus happened to be sitting there… which it most definitely would not have been. We talked him into walking – and even though he was gripping (jokingly of course) he came to the conclusion that that was a good call. Headed out to turn three so I could see the pole vault and the runners go by, here’s my spot:

Pole vault was totally anti- climactic – one would think that in the finals that their last jump would win – well it is the last jump they complete – but it wasn’t the last jump. The jump that won happened a long time before the end of the competition. They keep increasing the height and if no one makes that increased height then the previous high is the winner. Hope that makes sense. So the winning pole vault the American completed was about an hour before they finished – so they finished on a bunch of misses. I was hoping that a pole vaulter would clear the bar and then freakout – but that didn’t happen. The lady from Cuba didn’t clear a certain height and so the US person won.

Waiting for Paulie, right, – Wally is also not finished – only a few of us left in the media center.

Ok, I’m going to go on a little rant here… So we walked out of the Olympic Stadium at midnight and went to the bus stop and waited, and waited and waited. There should be a bus every 10 minutes or so. Ridiculous because we saw four empty buses drive by. After 45 minutes Paul and I gave up and decided to walk – there was a sign that said “West Ham” station – so I headed in that direction – Paul went to Stratford International… well that ended up being a 30 minute walk! Sucks after a 14 hour day especially since there were a ton of stairs. John waited for the bus – it actually ended up being faster to walk… whoever “planned” the transportation here did a horrible job. So got back to room an hour later than I should have… oh well.

Day Numero Nine

Links!

Beach Volleyball – Story by Elliott Almond – pix by me

USA Fencing – wire story pix by me

Women’s boxing – wire story – pix by me

Panoramas:

Beach Volleyball Venue (this has to be the venue with the nicest views)

Beach Volleyball Venue – outside

I got to feel like a real human tonight – went and had a sit down meal (Chinese food) with Elliott after beach volleyball in “Chinatown,” right next to Leicester Square.  Pretty darn good – after that we went to Haagen Dazs for ice cream!  Chocolate Chocolate Chip!:

Dragged a little this morning – yesterday was a long day – figured I spent at least five hours of the day either on the bus, the tube, the train or walking!

John let me know about some US fencing team in the semifinal – with one fencer from San Francisco (ended up two of them were from SF) – so headed over there – it was at ExCel – it’ll be nice to finally be going cause it’s only about four train stops from where I am staying.

Found the media entrance – took me a while to figure out where things were cause the signage wasn’t so great… But found the “field of play” waited until the round before the US was over and found a very helpful photo person.  He explained to me most of the rules and what was going to happen.  I photographed fencing before – but didn’t have anyone tell me how the scoring and stuff worked.

Afterwards shot four rounds of Women’s boxing – USA vs Great Britain – first time for Women’s boxing… I have a female friend that boxes – so that was neat.  Was very quick – and the USA boxer didn’t do so great.  John and I grabbed lunch at ExCel – a roast chicken place… it was okay.  Bye John:

Then headed straight from ExCel to Russell Square – John and I were joking that since it would make sense then the bus probably wouldn’t go from ExCel to Russell Square (downtown) – but they actually did have a bus that did that.  So he headed off to the Olympic Stadium and I headed off to beach volleyball.  We took a little tour of London because I guess a bunch of roads were closed:

Ran into Robert Gauthier (LA Times) at beach volleyball – he had just gotten back from Wimbledon – he covered the Men’s gold medal singles final – it became a ticketed event and apparently only six US media were admitted (even if we had wanted to cover it we probably couldn’t have gotten in) – it was Great Britain vs. Sweden.

Tonight is what pretty much everyone would consider to be the biggest event in the Olympics.  It’s also the scariest to cover.  The Men’s 100m.  I had planned to cover the 100m, brought my remotes over the pond mostly just for that event… but our local beach volleyball players are in the quarterfinals and if they lost then it would have been a really big deal.  If Kerri Walsh Jennings (as she prefers to be known according to Purdy) wins then it’s not a big deal at all – as our Olympics sports editor, Mark Conley, said – we (Elliott and I) are babysitting beach volleyball.  They are playing against the Italians who apparently beat them in the last year… so it was possible for them to lose.  But they didn’t, not even close – it was a nice quick match.  So we got to watch the 100m on tv… that’s Elliott on the far left, and Robert – second from right (blurry):

Kyle Terada was here and he was nice enough to loan me his 16mm so that I could do a couple more panoramas – one that I really wanted to do from the top of the beach volleyball venue cause it has a super cool background – and then one outside so that you could see that it’s a completely temporary structure.  Was hoping to go to dinner with Robert but he kinda crashed so Elliott and I walked around near the venue – it was late – like 10:30 but found the Chinese place – Super Star Chinese Restaurant.

On the way we ran into Dana Vollmer on the street with her family – she’s won like four gold medals or something like that – she went to Stanford.  They were there watching beach volleyball.  Elliott recognized her and her family, they recognized Elliott, since he has interviewed them a bunch of times – he was nice enough to introduce me – but they didn’t know me from Adam.  They were super nice.  They had just finished eating at a Thai restaurant that Elliott wanted to go to a half block away (it was closed by the time got there though).  “That’s the Olympics” Elliott said.  It was really neat – normal people doing extraordinary things (at least that’s my interpretation of his statement).

Day 8

Links:

Mark Purdy’s story on “Blade Runner” (not very good) pix by me

Elliott Almond on Women’s Tennis pix by me

Mark Purdy’s story on Beach Volleyball pix by me

Two more panoramas

Inside Wimbledon

Inside Olympic Stadium

Brian Peterson and I decided to do the exact same thing today – but completely Independently of each other…

Four hours of sleep last night – waking up was a little tough.  But had to leave the room by 8:30ish – I figured out the DLR leaves from the Cyprus stop every 10 minutes – starting at :00.  So I just have to time it so that I leave my room by :05 after.

Left the room at 8:33 – got to Cyprus station at 8:37.  DLR to Canning Town, switch to DLR train to Stratford International then to Media entrance where I caught a bus to the MPC and then from the MPC changed to a stadium bus.  One hour.  Ugh

Headed to the “moat” that’s one of the photo positions ground level at the stadium.  Was going for one race for a Mark Purdy story at 10:35… The Men’s 400m qualifying… That is the race that the “Blade Runner” (another one of my favorite movies) is running in – in lane 6.  If you haven’t heard the Blade Runner is a runner who had won four Olympic gold medals – in the paraOlympics and qualified for the Olympics – read the story it’s a good one.  Brian was in the moat that faced the finish line – I was in the moat next to the finish line – I should have been in the moat Brian was in.

I thought it was really cool and he got a nice reception from the crowd.  The moat I was in was stage left – I actually probably should have been directly facing the finish line.  But as per usual here – no easy way to move around.  By the time I unpacked from the bus and got out to the most it was 10:00… I did a panorama from the position.

Blade Runner qualified – he is obviously ok with title because the announced him as such.  My mind had been too swimming oriented – the 400m in the pool means a bunch of laps? So I was thinking maybe he’ll go around a few times – but then there was a qualifying heat for the Men’s 100m and I was like – oh yea track is 400m round.

Seems like he is a good ambassador and I’m always in awe of people who have what most would consider to be a “handicap” but they certainly don’t want to do anything less or be treated any differently.

Booked to the bus to the MPC and changed to the Wimbledon bus and made it by 1 minute!  They leave every 30 minutes so timing was very good.  I was shocked to see only one other person on this bus – that meant I was either really late or really early.  Had a nice 20-25 minute power nap – bus trip was just under and hour.  Turned out I was really early, empty bus:

Because I was early I got a great clear center spot… directly across from Brian (at this point we still hadn’t spoken).  About 15 minutes before the match a bunch of photographers showed up.  I’m not really a tennis fan, but I will admit that I knew that this is a special spot – and it was pretty cool.  I think it’s probably akin to going to Augusta where the Masters is played (golf).  My spot, I think that’s Andy Murray serving during this mixed-doubles match before the Serena Williams match:

Match was super fast – had just seen Serena play in Palo Alto, right after winning at Wimbledon – she won at both places – in PA she didn’t win easily and it was basically against Stanford students… So figured this might be kinda close.  Well it wasn’t and she showed some great emotion at winning – much better than some of the swimmers who had little-to-no reaction to winning their gold medals yesterday.  Inside Wimbledon – surprisingly not elegant:

After the match I made my way over to cover the medal ceremony – found a good place though some guy hit me in the head with his lens five times – it was pretty annoying and he didn’t speak English and kept giving me “I don’t know look.”  When I got back I couldn’t find my 15mm – i had left it with my lens shade and pano head.  I checked my pocket and thought it was in there but when I got back what I thought was lens was not… So walked back to photo spot and the lens was gone :(.  But I got a flag picture I like because I happened to park myself (accidentally) right in front of where they attach the flag – it was so windy that the US flag actually blew off during the middle of the ceremony – oops!:

Hung out for a bit hoping the 15mm would show up – left my name with the photo people in case someone found it… Sucks because I have been really good about locking stuff up. The one time I leave it for 10 minutes it disappears.  If anyone sees a 15mm with “San Jose Mercury News” engraved in it – it’s the Mercs!!!  Oh yea and to top things off, I somehow bumped my camera into shooting raw – and small raw on top of it… still have no idea how that happened cause it’s not easy to change…

Interesting covered workstations – said “hello” to Brian – he wasn’t in this particular room – but another exactly like this one downstairs:

Grabbed a bus – a double decker and thought I would enjoy the view on the way – I did until I passed out and took a nice 10-15 minute power nap.  View from the top – sitting behind two unhappy Russians – cruising down the Olympic lane:

After I got off the bus stepped outside and Brian was standing there.  No idea he was on the bus… but we walked over to the bus to the beach volleyball venue.  Had my first meal of the day (7:00 pm) there, well besides a Cliff Bar.  Dinner was pretty bad – but I was so hungry I didn’t care, lasagna, some stew and sausage (actually the sausage wasn’t too bad).  It was a very quick match – which was nice.  Brian getting directions from a nice helper – though the walk was a good 10-15 minute walk to the media center:

Afterwards just jumped on the Tube to the DLR to another DLR to the dorms.  Edited in the room.  16 hour day, not too bad.  But now I have nothing to eat and for some reason the campus store that was open until 4 am is no longer open at all… oh well!

footnote – thanks to Karl and neighbor John (who shoots for USA Gymnastics) – I had a beer (from Karl) and ramen noodles (from John) – or else my dinner would have been pringles and a chocolate croissant…

Day VII

Links:

Elliott Almond story on swimming – pix by me

USA Women’s basketball (no story)

Inside the Velodrome

Outside the Velodrome

Pictures from the Velodrome (no story)

“Hello Cleveland!” – i hope you recognize that from the Rob Reiner movie Spinal Tap – one of my all time favorite movies – today I had a total Spinal Tap moment. Had lunch with Paul Kitagaki and Scott McKiernan (from Zuma) and John at the MPC… Had some pretty decent beef stew in the cafeteria… After that we figured it would be faster to walk to the Velodrome then take the bus — I think it was faster only took about 15 minutes. I had never photographed inside the Velodrome and always wanted too. Here is Paul – sort of having fun – oh yea and it was pretty hot in there – apparently they have to keep it at a certain temperature so that the tires remain at a certain temperature:

It was neat and all – but I was a bit confused – for example – one of the races went eight laps – but some dude on an electric bike was “pacing” them for like the first 5 1/2 laps – so they really only raced the last 2 1/2 laps – ? It was interesting. The venue is cool looking from the outside and kinda small on the inside – and everything looked kinda of the same. After we were done shooting we started to head back to the media center – but none of the helpers knew where we were supposed to go – they kept directing us to different places – the arrows would be pointed one way and they would point us in the opposite direction.

Heres the Spinal Tap moment. – we were following the signs and one sign pointed directly to a dead end glass wall / “Hello Cleveland” – Really?!?

Today was a little frustrating… everything that I want to cover is at the SAME time! Swimming starts a 7:30 – but I’m in the A spot so I need to be there early – probably by 5:30. What else would I like to cover – Volleyball – 8:00, water polo – 7:40, swimming – 7:30, I would kinda like to shoot fencing final – 6:45. Can only cover one of those events.

I could have gone to judo but that’s at Excel – near my dorms which is about a 50 minute commute from the MPC and I needed to go to the MPC because I needed to get a swim ticket from Bill Hancock. So I didn’t really want to go up to the MPC get the swim ticket and then back down to Excel – but probably should have. After I picked up the ticket from Bill and chatted a little bit with him and then met Paul, Scott and John for lunch… As of now the only other events that will be ticketed are Men’s basketball and closing ceremonies!

After the Velodrome we all headed to swimming – yea the last day of swimming!!! – at least for me – there is one more day but I won’t be covering it. I sat in the front row of A cause I got there about an hour and a half early. The US did great tonight – three golds, a couple silvers and a bronze. That’s Missy Franklin from Colorado posing for photographers with her gold medal:

Headed to Women’s basketball after that. It was nice – few photographers – ran into SI’s John Beiver – super nice and talented of course, and another guy from SI named Mark (I think his assistant?). Smiley popped in while I was shooting – we both just shot the first half – then headed out.

One of the good things about being in a place that is off the beaten path, the UEL (University of East London), is that the train station has not been busy. Apparently there was a mega long line to get into the Tube to go downtown – where many photographers are staying. Anyway long day for me tomorrow so signing off!

Day Six

Lot’s of links today:
Men’s USA Water Polo team beats Great Britain (some wire pix at the end because I could only stay for the first half)

And two more panoramas!

Water Polo Arena outside

Water Polo Arena inside

Cough was pretty bad this the morning – but luckily that was it…  The rest of the day didn’t cough much at all.  Ya – realizing having swimming in the morning was so much better – there are so many different medally (is that a word) things going on in the evening.  Really hate to chose.  Big medal stories at gymnastics and swimming and judo and rowing – although if I had planned a bit better might have been able to do two of them.  Robert Beck went to rowing in the morning – said it took an hour and 15 minutes to get there – two and half to get back!  ack

Considering what I did today – I was a bit lazy this morning.  Had lunch with John in the mall – a Brazilian BBQ place – it was pretty good.  Nice to have regular people food, instead of venue sandwich’s every once-in-a-while.  From there I walked over to water polo – much faster than taking the bus – John took the bus cause he was going to basketball… I was only able to stay for the first half because I had to jet over to swimming – which, despite being right next door – it’s not easy to get too.  Here’s a map – I’m sure you can find a better one online – but here’s an iPhone pix of one:
close up:

I’ll tell you – from the MPC, which, in the top picture is the small unmarked rectangular building in the very bottom center of the map – it takes about 20-25 minutes to walk from there to the Olympic Stadium.

Saw Steve Dykes and he was nice enough to show me around – he was a photo manager in Vancouver and now is a full fledged venue manager, really nice guy.  Did a panorama inside and outside of the venue.  I Shot the last half of the Hungary vs Romania game and then the first half of the US vs Great Britain.

At halftime I skipped over to swimming (not literally) – I got to my position about 15 minutes before the first race.  Normally I wouldn’t dare show up that late but the ticket I had was different from the B ticket (which is deck-level but I needed to be there at least an hour and half beforehand to make sure I had a decent spot), I’ve had that the last few days.  I was in an assigned seat – up in the stands – first level.  Angle was ok.  US did great tonight I think three golds and a bunch of other stuff… Pictures weren’t so great cause no one really freaked out… Phelps didn’t do much at all, I, along with every one else, was hoping he’d show a lot of emotion… oh well.  My spot today -the B spot I was talking about is on the opposite side of the pool – in the picture -it’s on the top right:

Afterwards did a little editing said hello to Ezra and Robert and then headed over to basketball with John.  I only shot a quarter and a half of the US game versus Nigeria.  They have different rules so the game goes faster – shorter quarters and less fouls I guess.  I haven’t shot an NBA game in over five years.  Seemed super unfair… I only shot a quarter and half of that because the game started after 10 pm and I still had a ton of stuff to edit.  Nice loungers at basketball though!:
By the time we left and got to the MPC it was around midnight – grabbed the only thing open (unless we a wanted sandwich) – a few quarter pounders and fries and a beer.  Then headed to the Stratford International station.  Ran into Larry Smith from EPA on the bus back to the Stratford International Station – he was telling me he’s covering six basketball games a day!  That’s pretty brutal!

Day V

Putting these links first:

Story by Elliott Almond about local diver – pix by me

Swim story by Elliott Almond – pix by me

Today was a pretty cool day I must say.  I got to hang out with Heinz Kluetmeier, left, from SI and David Burnett, right.  Both are very cool and legendary photographers.  Wow those guys are funny too… here they are joking around once they saw me taking their picture:

I could have either done Gymnastics and Beach Volleyball like the other night or else Diving and Swimming.  We settled on Diving and Swimming – one of the divers is from the Bay Area – so that was cool.  Diving started at 3 which meant I needed to be there around 1 – so doing another event beforehand would have been tough (logistically).

So I decided to take care of a bunch of stuff.  Swung by the USOC to get a ticket for swimming for tonight and tomorrow.  Ran into Robert Gauthier again in his office next to the USOC office.  He was nice enough to tell me about an underwater viewing area for diving.  Also said he was going to go to swimming as well but was doing boxing before swimming – and then was going to head to Women’s Basketball.  I thought that sounded like fun…

After that I stopped by the Associated Press (AP) room on the second floor to see a couple of friends who are picture editors there – Jim Collins, who I worked with when I was at The Virginian-Pilot and Doug Benc, who was one of our interns at the Pilot.  So that was cool to catch up with them and see their very large set-up.

Ran to the pharmacy to pick up some cough pills – which they didn’t have – but they did have sore throat ones so I tried that.  Didn’t really work.  Then went to the bank to get some more money because I am out!  Amazing how fast it goes – the US dollar doesn’t go very far!  I came in with $400 in cash and spent that in about a week.  oh well.

Grabbed the bus down to the Aquatics center where both swimming and diving are at.  Asked about the underwater viewing area and was surprised only a few people had signed up… because space is super limited.  Just needed to be there an hour and half beforehand.  So ran up stairs and got a quick sandwich and met a photo manager who took another guy and me down there.  After a short elevator ride we were under the swim venue.  It’s cool that they make these viewing windows for those of us who cannot – or do not know how – to put down underwater remotes.  Here is someone putting a remote on the floor of the pool:

As I was shooting Heinz Kluetmeier walks up – I met him once briefly in Greece (see Greece blog:  http://www.sportsshooter.com/news_story.html?id=1252) – anyway we shared the underwater window for a bit.  And later David Burnett comes walking in with his Speed Graphic (I think – or cool old camera).  They were joking around – Burnett was saying he didn’t think he could do a pike (as in diving) and Kluetmeier says “oh I could, it would just take me 10 hours to get out of it.”  ha.  Burnett gave me the key to a long life as well “keep breathing.”  Very sage advice for sure.  It was really, really hot down there and Kluetmeier, right, was able to find the one cool spot – taking a break:

Back to work taking some cell phone pix:

Look at the sweet pix David Burnett sent me!:

It was cool.  Shot practice for about an hour and then I shot the first round (there were six) of the diving competition downstairs – it was Men’s Synchronized 3m Springboard (spelled synchronised in British) Diving.  Said goodbye to them and headed up to an overhead shot.  My favorite pic from down there:

After the comp was over I ran down to shoot the athletes with their medals – ran into Donald Miralle – another really nice, super talented photographer – he’s there for Newsweek – he’s got a blog too:  http://donaldmiralle.wordpress.com.  As I was leaving Robert Beck (SI) and his assistant Kojo say hello:

 After diving did some scanning, otherwise known as editing, and then headed out for swimming.  Sat next to Smiley Pool – great shooter from the Houston Chronicle and talked about a bunch of different stuff.  John Leyba was nice enough to send me this pic:

Swimming went late – was planning on going to basketball but decided against it.  Finally starting to feel much better.  Only cough periodically instead of all of the time.

This is pretty neat – on the Time website thanks to Zuma: