Getting off of the Media Bus at the Main Media Center was a bit bizarre. It was 60 degrees and sunny! My system is just not wired for that in February, but I LIKE IT!
My first stop was the Ice Cube Curling Center. Now in my fourth day of shooting, I am starting to see some of the same photographers that I have seen at other venues. Good guys and really good photographers. Most are really helpful, professionals and easy to work along side of. I am sure the others would be too, if we had any idea what the other one was saying!
I have been having fun with the Brits, Aussies and Canadians, eh!
Please don’t ask me to explain the details of Curling, but I understand there are Stones, you have to get it in the House and the closest to the Button to win a point, but sometimes you can get two points.
What I do know, is that it as intense as any sport out there; and if there was a staring contest, these guys would win hands down.
After curling, I took a deep breath and headed to the Iceberg Skating Palace, where I saw my friend Paula Kim. Paula had previously been the ITU Photo manager and was now the Venue Photo Manager.
At least I had shot and somewhat understood Short Track Speed Skating, which you can generally describe has high speed mayhem in a small oval, with flashing sharp blades and resemble something from Iron Chef. As you see the thickness of the padding on the sides, it becomes obvious why it is there.
I made it back to my apartment by 6:30, had a farewell dinner with my buddy Dave who has been here working for 3 months – really great pizza and a beer or 2.
More Biathlon later today.