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London Olympics Day 5

I love fencing…photography! The fencing venue here in London is spectacular for pictures. The backgrounds are completely black, the action is very dynamic and the athletes are often very emotional, which makes my job a lot easier. The matches I covered were all medal rounds which meant that the opportunity for good pictures was greater than in earlier rounds. The flag bearer for the USA Mariel Zagunis, who was heavily favored to win gold was upset by Jiyeon Kim of the Republic of Korea. After being ahead in the match earlier, she let her guard down, and in stunning fashion lost the match.

My other assignment for the day was to cover the canoeing event. There wasn’t a story associated with this assignment other than going to go and try and make a good picture. There are both positive and negative aspects of this. The good being that I can play around and not worry about missing a key athlete, the bad being not really knowing who is important to shoot. Working for the New York Times this Olympics has really been a dream assignment so far. I am truely honored and humbled to be a part of such a great organization, in my opinion the finest in the world. The people I’m working with are the nicest, most professional, intelligent group that I have ever been associated with. We all recently got a note from the main sports editor Joe Sexton that really was inspirational to me, and I know that I will look back on what he wrote for the duration of the games. It gives me chills every time I read it:


Stamina is I think a mostly undervalued word/attribute. Mistaken for just being able to last. To me, it’s more glorious and formidable and meaningful.

And damn, y’all have it.

Here’s a better definition:

Physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness, fatigue, or hardship; endurance.”

Don’t know how much value easily typed out words of applause from a sorry ass editor in nyc mean to a regiment in various stages of exhaustion and delirium.

But it can’t hurt, right? You are a bangin fuckin crew. Doing the NYT proud.

Hang tough, have fun when you can, sleep when you must, dig down when flaggin.

Tears in my eyes.


8 Comments Post a comment
  1. This all puts tears of joy into my eyes Jed. Your photos are artistic and inspirational. I am very proud of your work ethic and delight in the joy you express covering the Olympics. You should receive a gold medal for all that you are doing. Dad

    August 2, 2012
  2. John Swartzberg #

    I have been admiring the pictures of the Olympics in the NYT without paying attention to the by-lines until today. Jed, your incredible talent comes through in every aspect of the art of photography. Thank you for bringing me closer to the Olympics!!

    August 2, 2012
  3. Elena Holsman #

    Jedo, amazing photos! Been following you closely!!!

    August 3, 2012
  4. Thanks for the kind words Elena! Glad you enjoyed the pics!

    August 16, 2012
  5. Thanks for the kind words John!

    August 16, 2012
  6. I don’t know what is more fabulous: your images or the words of your father.

    November 19, 2012
  7. Thanks for the kind words Mike!

    November 20, 2012
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