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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2006-03-30

Torino Winter Olympic Memories
'The excitement stemmed from the fact that I would be shooting sports that I had never photographed before…'

By Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune

Photo by Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune

Photo by Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune

On a foggy night in Pragelato, Austria's Andreas Widhoelzl sails down the hill during the 1st round of the Men's Long Hill Team Ski Jumping Competition. Austria would go on to win the gold medal.
Torino was my first Winter Olympics. Since I had an incredible time in Athens, my first Summer Olympics, I was quite excited about going to Italy but also plenty nervous.

The excitement stemmed from the fact that I would be shooting sports that I had never photographed before … while the nervousness stemmed from the fact that I would be shooting sports that I had never photographed before.

Being one of two Chicago Tribune photographers at the Games, Olympic veteran Nuccio Dinuzzo being the other, I spent 90% of my time in Sestriere, the Olympic mountain hub. Due to Bode Miller sucking and our paper being filled daily with figure skating previews, reviews, commentaries, charts, graphs and diagrams, I still got decent play on the days that the US did well.

(Thank you Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso and the snowboarders!)

My favorite memory was the foggy night that I photographed the team ski jumping competition. Since the American jumpers were a non-factor and the ladies' long program was going on down in the city, I was free to screw around. Almost every photo I made that night was a silhouette, a pan or a combination of the two. In addition to the fun of it, I managed to make some of my favorite images of the entire Olympics that evening.

So, even though I worked twice as hard in Torino doing half the amount of events I did in Athens, I'll be first in line to volunteer for Vancouver in 2010.


(Scott Strazzante is a staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune. You can view his work at his SportsShooter.com members page: http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=520)

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