I shot a bunch of photos of people mingling, like any other event, but then found this cool backdrop and started shooting all of the women with their medals. This is a photo of the Lamoureux twins showing off their silver medals.
After photographing one of the woman, she insisted that I wear her medal and take a photo. Since I had done this in London, when the women's water polo team won gold, I was eager to do it again. After all, how many people get to wear an Olympic medal? And, by the way, the medals are incredibly heavy. As I was packing up to leave around 2:30pm, one of the athletes mentioned that the whole team was going to meet at the Olympic rings, to head up to the Today Show. I saw this as a great opportunity to do a team shot for the women (like we did for the men) and get some behind the scenes of their interview with Matt Lauer.
When we all arrived at the rings, we were greeted by the Today Show team, who were getting ready to shoot a quick remote segment on the rings.
Before the Today Show went live, I got all the girls on the rings and we took some photos. I had asked Al Roker and Matt Lauer if they could photo bomb the team shot. Matt was busy prepping, but Al jumped in. :)
And then the Today Show team went to work.
They told me that the team would not be on the air for another 45 minutes, so I quickly walked the mile back to the press center to grab my ticket for tonight's game and my "up credentials" to get into the locker room area.
When I got back to the Bolshoy Ice Dome, they had all the women setup and they let me jump in and shoot during the interview. Before Matt came over we got the "eyes shot" with everyone looking at me instead of the TV camera.
And then Matt interviewed the team.
And then, before Matt left to walk back to the main set, I asked him if we could do a group shot with him. He is a very nice guy and readily agreed to join the shot.
Then, I was given access to the Today Show set, where I shot a couple of photos of them doing their morning show.
And when walking around the back of the set with the team, we ran into some of the figure skaters and ice dancers. Here is a photo of Polina Edmunds (who lives in my town), Julie Chu and Meryl Davis.
Here are some of the women with Charlie White, who not only does ice dancing, but turns out to be an avid hockey player as well.
Right after shooting the Today Show photos, I quickly went down under the Bolshoy to try and get access to the men's locker room. The team wanted these photos, but getting into the locker room is always a difficult task, even with the up credentials.
I enter the arena through the media entrance and then, instead of entering the press area, I turned right and headed towards the athlete entrance. I was stopped by a security guy who refused to let me go any further. As I was pleading my case, my contact for USA Hockey popped out and started negotiating for me. While they talked, I went in. And then I stayed in for an hour and helped the equipment guys get everything set up.
It is pretty cool to be the only photographer allowed to photograph this. But what would be cooler is a win over the Canadians tonight. I guess we will know that outcome in another 4 hours. Till then...