Golden Medal Hockey
Richard Lautens/Staff Photographer
When I speak to my friends about covering Olympic hockey, the usual response is ‘Lucky-that must be awesome’, and frankly it is on one level.
It is also a huge amount of hours and work to be successful at covering it.
Yesterday I was at the women’s gold medal hockey match. It is a big deal for my paper and our country.
I thought I would outline a typical day here at the Olympics.
My colleague Rick Madonik has a rest on the bus from our hotel around 7:45am to the Main Press Centre.
After the bus we head to the Skytrain that is almost deserted at that time as we head down to the arena.
The arena is quiet after we clear security. It is important to get there so early to grab a good spot for the action.
Of course I send back some action pictures
Celebrations after a goal
With 10 minutes left in the game, I had to go down and wait in a tunnel for the game to end to be able to go on the ice for some celebration pictures. My colleague Rick Madonik stayed on the shooting platform to be able to see and shoot the end of the game.
The captain and her team celebrate
Not as dramatic as many of the pictures, but definitely tells a story.
Finally, after a half hour of furious filing of images, noises came from the empty arena as some of the players came back for their own celebration photos. Quickly shoot and file some more pictures.
By the time we are finished, it took approximately 13 hours to cover the 2 hour game. I still feel lucky to be there, lucky but tired.
For more pictures of the game, go to http://www.thestar.com/fplarge/photo/771840
Richard Lautens/Toronto Star