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|| News Item: Posted 2006-03-30

Torino Winter Olympic Memories
'But for now, the memories that linger the most are going to a Torino emergency room…'

By Eric Risberg, Associated Press

Photo by Julie Jacobson / Associated Press

Photo by Julie Jacobson / Associated Press

Eric Risberg at the Cafe Al Bicerin in Torino.
The Winter Olympic Games in Torino were the eighth Olympics that I have photographed and my second winter ones. The images and memories of Torino that I would like to one day retain are those of the Swedish goalie celebrating, throwing his gloves in the air after beating Finland for the men's gold medal.

Seeing Sofia Loren carry the Olympic flag and hearing Pavarotti sing at the opening ceremonies. Working alongside some truly amazing professionals pushing their work to the outer limits. Sitting at the Cafe Al Bicerin and walking through the little square out front to the Museum of the Shroud. Seeing old friends who I only get to see every few years. Enjoying a glass of Barolo wine with my colleagues at two in the morning. But most of all the feeling of the Olympic spirit and witnessing more history.

But for now, the memories that linger the most are going to a Torino emergency room to get my badly sprained foot tended to then, a few days later, picking up the worst and longest lasting cough I have ever had.

A cough and respiratory infection that lasted over a month and wouldn't go away until I got the help of the San Francisco Giants' trainer and doctor on my next assignment in Arizona. Endless bus rides to my venues.

The view of an industrial pit outside my 7th floor media village window. Being stuck in the middle of "White Night" in central Torino and listening to the driver yelling obscenities at the swarm of people surrounding our car.

In time, I'm hopeful my memories will change.

(Eric Risberg is a staff photographer with the Associated Press based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a frequent contributor to the Sports Shooter Newsletter and a faculty in several Sports Shooter educational events.)

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