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Road to Olympics

Part 3 - The U.S. XXIII Olympic Winter Games Figure Skating Trials By Miles Weston

The U.S. XXIII Olympic Winter Games Figure Skating Trials

During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Jeff Springer was shooting his first figure skating event - ice dancing - when he remembered sitting with his mother as a child watching the contenders on Wide World of Sports.
Instead of just second-guessing the judges, as he did as a kid in front of the TV; he realized he had to be in tune with the contestants to capture the athletes so other parents and others around the globe could enjoy the best moments captured with his camera.

"The Olympics is much different from the standard sports I shoot throughout the year," Jeff noted.  "They have goals, touchdowns, baskets, etc.; but the short- and long-program skater only has one chance to execute his/her routine flawlessly.  




"My job is to absolutely make the most of every minute, every situation and share that split-second in time with our audience," he added.

At this event, Jeff and the other USA Today Sports photographers were able to shoot in close proximity to their laptops.



Jeff Swinger, USA TODAY Sports photographer, sets up his Mac and attached OWC storage devices in preparation for artistic ice action at the SLC Sports Complex. 

Between the groups of skaters, Jeff uploads his photos and quickly sends them for distribution, so outlets have them available in near real-time. 

He noted that last year, he moved from his older Mac laptop to a newer refurbished, updated one from OWC.  
"I didn't even know how slow my workflow was until my update," he noted.  "It not only made my working life easier, it saved me a lot of money and it's practically like new." 



Mariah Bell (USA) practices for the for the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic at SLC Sports Complex before the trials.  


Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro (CAN) compete during the pair's short program in the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in preparation for the Olympic trials at SLC Sports Complex. 



An in-camera multiple exposure captures Marin Honda (JPN) as she competes in the short dance program in the U.S. International Figure Skating pre-trials Classic at SLC Sports Complex. 


Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay (USA) compete in the pair's free skate dance program in the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in preparation for the Olympic trials at SLC Sports Complex. 



Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim (USA) compete in the pair's free skate program in the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic at SLC Sports Complex. 


Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker (USA) compete in their free dance program during the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic leading to the Olympic trials at SLC Sports Complex. 


Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA) compete in their free dance program during the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic at SLC Sports Complex. 

Having a system with USB 3 also made image backups and archives faster to a portable OWC SSD solution.
Once he gets home, he can quickly, reliably and securely transfer files to his OWC RAID systems.  


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Undercover author Miles Weston has spent more than 30 years in the storage, software and video industry, indulging in, among other things, marketing activities in promoting PC, CE, communications, content technology and their applications . Contact Miles through his editor by clicking here.

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