Brent Hayden's bronze medal swim is a lesson in Jubo!
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos
There is something special about the Olympics and photographers love it.
Photographers are fed a buffet of "Thrill of victory, agony of defeat"
Lets talk Victory, aka Jubilation or simply jubo to photographers and now that I think of it, I can't recall what we call dejection. It might be as simple as dejection.
There are different degrees of jubo, good jubo and bad jubo..
Earlier this year I covered the Olympic Swim Trials.
Brent Hayden won the 50 and 100 free there, it was bad jubo.
Hayden's swim Nationals jubo was bad because he was focused on the swim meet that has been going on for a week here in London.
He was expected to win in Montreal and he did, just like he has done every year for a long time. Swim Nationals were more a gauge of where he was heading into the Olympics for the one time World Champion.
He did what was expected of him, swam fast, won and would give the crowd in Montreal a little wave in appreciation.
Fast forward to yesterday and across the Atlantic.
Hayden has been all business here in London, I haven't seen him crack a smile in all the training and warm-up sessions I've attended. Although I was told he was close to tears after finally qualifying for the 100 metre freestyle final. An accomplishment that had eluded him in two previous Olympics.
Last night the Canadian photographers in the photo pit had a feeling that something was up, we fretted a little more than usual about his lane assignment. He was in lane 7, one lane short of as far away as he could get from us.
He was extremely focused during introductions, maybe that lane assignment helped him. When he came out they was only one more swimmer to be introduced, Hayden had to get ready in a hurry.
I know his swim was special at around 40 metres in, traditionally the final is seeded with the fastest swimmers in the middle lanes of the pool, so when the race goes it should look like a V from above.
At the 40 metre mark, shooting across six lanes of swimmers, I could still see him, that was a good sign.
Well what I could actually see was a bow wave with arms and feet churning up some angry water. At the turn I took a quick look at the clock, he was in second.
In the 47.80 seconds of race we barely saw him, we fired frame after frame hoping to get a little glimpse of him.
All eights swimmer hit the wall within a second of each other, The cheering crowd paused, swimmers turned quickly to look at the clock.
Hayden removed his goggles, squinted, and slowly the stoic swimmer from BC began to smile. As the smile grew he hit the water with his fist to begin a series of the most jubo I ever seen from him.
Another fist pump, swim to congratulate the winner, another fist pump, another squint at the clock as he left the pool.
He climbed out of the pool and sat on the side and buried his head in his hands.
From there he stood up and began to walk to the mixed zone for interviews, slowing, then stopping at the lane 7 starting block and leaning over it and kissing it.
This was good, no, great, jubo!
Brent Hayden reacts to his time after winning the 100 m freestyle at the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials at the 1976 Olympic Pool in Montreal.
And on the topic of Jubo,.....
The Men's Eight Silver Medalists in rowing.