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|| News Item: Posted 2012-08-27

2012 Summer Olympics - Lucy Nicholson
“It could have been hell, but with such a nice, professional, funny group of people, the job was a pleasure.”

By Lucy Nicholson

Photo by Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Photo by Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) celebrates after crossing the finish line on the anchor leg to set a world record in the men's 4x100m relay final ahead of Ryan Bailey of the U.S. during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, Aug 11, 2012.
London was the fourth Olympics I've covered, but I was more excited about this one than any of the others.

I was born in London, and grew up in England, but only ever worked there as a newspaper reporter. So the London Olympics was my first ever photo assignment in my home country.

Reuters had around 50 photographers and 20 editors and photo support staff covering the Games. The first week I shot tennis, beach volleyball and canoeing. Then when track & field started in the second week, my assignment was to shoot the head-on moat at the end of the finish line.

I also set up to seven remote cameras covering different lanes and distances past the finish line. My main camera and all the remote cameras were connected to a foot switch with XLR cables and also to a server with Ethernet cables. Editor Michael Leckel was able to send my first photo to clients three minutes after the start of the men's 100 meters.

This is a video I made with Reuters editor Jill Kitchener about how Reuters covered track & field at the London Olympics:

Only a small group of photographers shoot from the finish line head-on moat. It was a cramped area, with a roof too low for anyone taller than me. It could have been hell, but with such a nice, professional, funny group of people, the job was a pleasure.

At first when it rained, water poured through the holes in the moat roof onto our computers and camera equipment. So Bob Deutsch of USA TODAY arrived early one day and persuaded a guy to fill every crack with shower caulking. When you're working 15-18 hour days, it's the little things that matter!

Lucy Nicholson is a Reuters staff photographer based in Los Angeles. You can see her work at her Sports Shooter member page:

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