Summer Olympics past as I look to Olympics future
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos
Tonight I board an airplane to make my way to cover my third Summer Games.
While I look forward to the challenge, I worry about the assignment. Just like and athlete before a big event I feel the butterflies.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from my two previous Olympic experiences, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008.
Some of the pictures are not the greatest but they are special to me.
Just under by a head, Canadian Margret Langford squeezes under a gate during qualifying for the Women's K1 Kayaking at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2000. Langford touched the gate and recieved a two second penalty, however her stretch saved her a 50 second penalty she would have recived had she missed the gate.
Canada's Clara Hughes, the only athlete ever to win multiple medals in Summer and Olympic Games, gasps for air as she finishes the Women's Individual Time Trial at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Hughes will compete in London 2012. I included this picture of her because she was a favourite of the Star's late Olympic reporter Randy Starkman.
Canadian 15 year-old diver Alexandre Despatie watches scores of the other divers go up after his sixth and final dive at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, September 30, 2000. Despatie ended up finishing in fourth after holding third place for a round of dives. I was a rookie at these Games too, I feel like I grew up with Alexandre.
The Beijing Games were all about Michael Phelps, right, celebrating his team's come from behind victory in the 4x100 m Freestyle relay by less than a tenth of second and smashing the old world record by four seconds at Finals at the National Aquatics Center at the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing.
Canada's David Ford makes his way smoothly through the vortex that haunted him in his second run yesterday and again in the final. Ford qualified sixth in the semi final and maintained that position in the final of the men's K1 slalom.
Poland's Natalia Partyka, with the forearm and hand missing on her right arm serves to her Hong Kong China opponent at the Peking University Gymnasium. Partyka was one of two para athletes to compete in the Olmpics versus able bodied atheletes.
Team Canada really isn't this out of sync, the team rehearses as the alternate mirrors the preformance a safe distance off as Synchronized swimmers take over the pool just an hour after the last day of Swim competition at the National Aquatics Center nicknamed the "Water Cube".
Teammate Colin Jenkins checks to see where Simon Whitfield is as they prepare to enter the bike-run exchange. Whitfield thanked Jenkins for his work on the bike to help win silver at the Triathlon at Ming Tombs.
The eight riders in the Heat One quarterfinal take the jump one, each heat races three time with points given based on position, the four riders with the lowest point totals move onto the semifinals at the BMX venue.