Bernard Weil looks back 2010
Bernard Weil - Chief Photographer
Toronto Star Chief Photographer Bernard Weil's foreshadowing image of Georgian men's singles luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's empty sled racing at over 100km/h into the last turn during his only practice run, stands as a testament to his life as an Olympian. Kumaritashvili's crashed further up the track on this run, but his sled continued on course without him. Weil was the only photographer to capture this image. Two days later, Kumaritashvili was killed on his very next run when he lost control in the final turn of the course and was thrown off his luge and over the sidewall of the track, striking an unprotected steel support pole at the end of the run. It was to be his Olympic debut.
The USA four man bobsliegh team of John Napier, Charles Berkeley, Steven Langton and Christpoher Fogt take it on the chin as they slide through turn 16 after flipped on the now infamous turn 13 area during the men's 4 bobsleigh heats, February 26, 2010, at the Vancouver Olympics, Whistler.
Canadian medal hopeful Melissa Hollingsworth is airborne as she jumps on her sled and speeds down the start in her first of four runs at the Whistler Sliding Centre, February 18, 2010. Hollingsworth set a track record on this run.
A peaceful protest descended into chaos after plain clothes officers pulled up in a van in front of the protestors and raced into the crowd to grab several suspects, in front of the temporary detention centre at Eastern Ave. and Pape Ave. Other in the crowd were also taken away moments later.
A peaceful protest descended into chaos after plain clothes officers pulled up in a van in front of the protestors and raced into the crowd to grab several suspects, in front of the temporary detention centre at Eastern Ave. and Pape Ave. Other in the crowd were also taken away moments later. Following that, police used smoke grenades to disperse the crowd.
Born with a congenital heart disease, Mark Bartley undergoes pulmonary function tests at Toronto General Hospital following a heart and double lung transplant her received in May 2010, after being on the transplant waiting list for eight months. August 11, 2010.
Thomas Quinet, 13, from Ottawa, is framed by some of his wrestling heroes hanging on the wall in the living room as he breathes through an Astra-Pep, an apparatus that helps him clear his airway. Thomas, clings to the hope that he will get a second lung transplant. His family now has a temporary apartment in Toronto so Thomas can attend daily physiotherapy and school class at the hospital.
Lily, a two-year-old Doodle (half Poodle, half Retriever), cools off on what is likely the only pile of snow in the city behind Moss Park Arena, Toronto. Ice cleaning machines dump the snow there throughout the day, providing a refreshing break for two and four legged locals.
For most of the year, Bernard works with the multimedia team at the Star,
Here are a couple of his favourites,