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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2008-09-04

Olympic Moments: Bob Rosato
'Well I got to badminton and witnessed the grace, the speed, and the athleticism of some incredible that I had no idea existed.'

By Bob Rosato, Sports Illustrated

Photo by Bob Rosato / Sports Illustrated

Photo by Bob Rosato / Sports Illustrated
One of the cool things about the Olympics is having the opportunity to photograph some of the world's great sporting events and the athletes who compete. Besides the top events, like track and field, swimming, and gymnastics, are a host of other events we don’t see here in the US very often except perhaps on ESPN at 4am.

I had an opportunity in each of the last 2 Olympic games to work a couple of new events. While shooting the Redeem Team, I got an email from my boss to shoot badminton. Badminton?? You mean the thing we played as kids with the net in the backyard with the little birdie?? That’s an Olympic sport?

Well I got to badminton and witnessed the grace, the speed, and the athleticism of some incredible athletes that I had no idea existed in the sport. Talk about overwhelmed, I was amazed at the skill of the competitors!!

Since we had a story working on an "over the top" essay, I was able to photograph the sport from the catwalk. The Chinese, although guarded for the understandable security concerns they had, were very gracious and worked with us in most venues after we got the necessary clearance to go into the catwalk.

I waited 3-4 hours in the catwalk until the women's singles match which featured the world's number 1 ranked women's badminton player, Xie Xingfang of China. My goal was to make a picture of her that depicted the special skill of this incredible competitor from a different perspective.

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