The media marathon and me.
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos
They say covering the Olympics is the marathon of Journalism.
They in this case is me, and some other journalists I guess, they are selling T-shirts with that on it at the Main Press Centre.
If that is the case, then the last three days have been that final kick in the last straight.
Each of the last three days has been a marathon within a marathon.
Yesterday I was assigned to cover the women's bronze medal game in Coventry.
The day started with a 15 minute walk to the train station, catching a train to Coventry that takes about 65 minutes, shuttle to the Stadium, about 30 minutes and ten minute walk to the media gate.
Yahoo! We win!
The discussion amongst photographers became wether or not to cover the medal ceremony at 10 pm at Wembley Stadium.
During this discussion we learn that Tonya Verbeek will be wrestling for Gold at 7:03 pm.
It's just after 4 pm when I decide to try to make it. I have less than three hours to get to the ExCel Center where the wrestling is.
ExCel is about a 40 minute shuttle from my starting point in the morning.
A quick pack up and I'm at the shuttle in five minutes, five minutes later it leaves.
I make the train station a minute before a 4:51pm train to London. The train is scheduled to arrive in London at 5:54 pm, giving me six minutes to get to a shuttle that leaves on the hour.
The train will be late, dashing the dream of dashing to the media hub for the shuttle.
Asking fellow passengers for advice, I decide on the tube and the DLR, which for some reason always comes out as DSLR when I talk to people.
A run down to the subway platform just as the train arrives, four stops and I make the platform for the DLR with two minutes to spare for the train to the ExCel.
All that is left is a long walk and clear security. I made it in time for Verbeek's match.
She loses but still wins the silver.
Next is the medal ceremony, I blast out and file while waiting for the shuttle.
I take a bus to the main press centre and then a bus to Wembley arrives at 9:35 pm and as soon as I get off I hear the crowd going crazy, The game is over.
I still have to figure out how to get out to the field.
Several wrong turns and I stumble onto the field. I'm in the last row of photographers, but I made it.
In the past three days I have covered five Canadian medals and some Canadian heartbreak.
Here are a few more from the past three days.
Women's Soccer - BRONZE
Tonya Verbeek - Wrestling - SILVER
Adam Van Koeverden - Kayak 1000m - SILVER
Mark Oldershaw - 1000m Canoe - BRONZE
Carol Huynh - Wrestling - BRONZE
Simon Whitfield - triathlon - CRASHED
Alexandre Despatie - 3m Springboard - ELEVENTH
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