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|| News Item: Posted 2012-08-27

2012 Summer Olympics - Nigel Farrow
“Friends hellos here and there were a pleasant diversion during moments of tiredness or after one of the long bus journeys.”

By Nigel Farrow

Photo by Nigel Farrow

Photo by Nigel Farrow

Richard Varga (SVK) of Slovakia recovers after finishing the men's London 2012 Olympic Games Triathlon in Hyde Park, London, Great Britain.
I wondered as I traveled the 90 or so miles to London for the start of this years Games whether there would be any advantage to them being hosted in my home country.

Definitely cheaper with no air fare to worry about though with no imposed baggage limits packing proved more difficult than expected until I realized I didn't need to take the "kitchen sink".

Strangely, and maybe related to the journey into London usually being the start of a trip abroad, it still took me a day to feel as though I had arrived.

In the end I think the benefits were subtle. Explaining the IOC rule allowing us to use empty spectator seats to a volunteer or security guard is definitely easier when you speak the same language. And with the organizers depending so heavily on volunteers it was inevitable that I would know some, and friends hellos here and there were a pleasant diversion during moments of tiredness or after one of the long bus journeys.

Perhaps the most welcome case of 'home advantage' was the discovery that the underused USB data dongle I had been planning to dispense with in order to cut costs not only worked but gave me an upload speed of around 200KB/s during the Opening Ceremony. That it worked faithfully throughout the Games with no additional cost was a definite benefit.

If there was a downside it is perhaps that because of the location and national interest, British newspapers brought in the majority of their own staffs of photographers making the extra sales and commissions I had picked up in Beijing more elusive.

Nigel Farrow is a freelance photographer based in the United Kingdom. You can see samples of his work at his Sports Shooter member page:

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