Category: Olympics

Sochi Olympics, Day 18: Wrapping Up for the iPad

Sochi Olympics, Day 18: Wrapping Up for the iPad

Feb. 23rd, 2014 I started writing my blog from Sochi when opening ceremony was going on in Adler. There is some symmetry in the fact that I am writing this last chapter (from here) as the fireworks light the sky during the closing ceremonies. This was my seventh Olympics and I simply love doing them. For numerous reasons. … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 16: The lost Skis…

Sochi Olympics, Day 16: The lost Skis…

Two days ago, right after the pair sprint where Sami Jauho­järvi (a.k.a. Musti) and Iivo Niskanen got the gold medal, I was approached by a volunteer in the photo center. “Do you know if these skis belong to any of your athletes?” he asked. Well, trad. skis, 201cm and of the brand One Way… even I did know … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 15: Your Typical Day

Sochi Olympics, Day 15: Your Typical Day

Feb. 20th, 2014 I had planned to write something yesterday, but unders­tan­dably, I was kinda busy as Finland won first silver in women’s pair sprint and and half an hour later our men won the gold medal. To me however, it was like the majority of my working days over here. And I thought it might be interesting to walk … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 12: Respect, Noriaki-san

Sochi Olympics, Day 12: Respect, Noriaki-san

Feb. 17th, 2014 On Saturday to end a long day I went to see the large hill compe­tition. Did not expect that much from it — and besides I felt I had gotten a decent picture of Janne Ahonen earlier — but just in case Anssi Koivu­ranta would do something I decided to go. The working condi­tions are really hard over there (photo …

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Sochi Olympics, Day 10: Broken Dreams and Stories to Remember

Sochi Olympics, Day 10: Broken Dreams and Stories to Remember

Feb. 15th, 2014 If the other day I wrote about Aino-Kaisa Saarinen’s missing the medal by two secs, yesterday was even worse for Finland. First we had Iivo Niskanen. Guy nobody raved about before the games and suddenly he is leading the 15km race. He got to sit on the seat reserved for the leader like ten minutes. … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 9: If You Can’t Win, then at least Look Good…

Sochi Olympics, Day 9: If You Can’t Win, then at least Look Good…

Feb. 14th, 2014 On my way to cover the men’s 15km tradi­tional race in couple of hours. Finland has like less than 1% chance for a medal imho… Matti Heikkinen is the strongest candidate, but he has been sick for quite a while now, so perso­nally I don’t think he can make it. Sami Jauho­järvi is one of my favorite athletes. … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 5: Emotions and Aesthetics

Sochi Olympics, Day 5: Emotions and Aesthetics

Feb. 10th, 2014 Writing the headline I am losing count on the days… But been here a week now and I think I will be falling into this routine of posting every second day. At least I try to do it, we’ll see what happens. I have covered Xcountry, ski jumping and biathlon so far. I would love to do snowboarding, alpine and skating … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 3: Janne Ahonen — again

Sochi Olympics, Day 3: Janne Ahonen — again

Feb 8th, 2014. I must have written same kind of post from the Vancouver Olympics — actually I do remember writing something on this. But what can you do? This is the fourth Olympics I am shooting… no I correct myself: it is the fourth time I have the honor of photo­graphing a living legend, ski jumper Janne Ahonen in the Olympics. … 

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Sochi Olympics, Day 1

Sochi Olympics, Day 1

Feb 6th, 2014 The Sochi 2014 opening ceremony just started and I am watching it on TV. No, I did not go to the ceremony, it would have meant probably c. 10 hours including all the travelling, waiting and actual ceremony included. Yesterday was a total killer and I preferred to take it easy today. Funny, working seven hours today … 

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