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.
One of the great athletes I have had the pleasure of encountering and working with. Not much of a smiler but with an attitude lot of us could learn from. Always cooperative, ready to stop for a picture, to do whatever you ask him to do. And we photographers tend to ask a lot and sometimes stuff that does not make much sense… :-)
I might have told this story before, but I remember – like eight years ago maybe, I was just getting into hand coding of panoramas and using them as a journalistic medium – when I asked Janne to do a voice over for a piece I was working on. He was concentrating for the competion which was about to startvand I asked Tommi, his coach at the time, if I could talk to him briefly. Janne listened what I had in mind and I assured it would only take five minutes of his time. And he agreed to do it. Right in the middle of a competition. How many athletes would have just said “later”?
Same thing four years ago . He was in a hurry but I desperately needed a VO for a multimedia piece I was building for the Vancouver Olympics in Garmish-Partenkirchen. Again: he sat down, listened what I asked him to do and just simply did what I had asked. In a busy lobby of a hotel.
And having met my share of sportsmen… I really, really respect this professional attitude. A true pleasure to work with him. And I won’t even get into his record as an athlete – it is something I guess 99,99 and something percent of athletes can only dream about.
Anyway, yesterday to end a long day I did the ski jumping qualification. It is one jump only… so I only had one shot at it. That’s the image on the top of this page.
I’m glad it worked out – well, in my humble opinion it did.
Here are my images from the three previous Olympics: Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver. Great memories to go with each one of them.