February 10, 2010
My bags are packed, my kids hugged and my wife kissed. The details of the past week seem a little less cluttered than my desk, which I still need to clean up before making the trip to Denver this afternoon for an early morning flight to Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday.
Lucky for me the next few weeks all I will be focusing on are the events that surround the 2010 Winter Olympics. Together with Luke Graham, I hope to bring the readers of Steamboat Springs the sights, sounds and magic that surround the Olympic experience. This will be my third trip to the Olympics. I drove to Salt Lake City in 2002, flew for 11 hours to get to Turin, Italy, in 2006, and now it's off to Canada for a new adventure.
I loved writing about the emotions and action of the past Olympics, but this time around my excitement is being powered by the fact that for the first time in our paper's history, the Steamboat Pilot & Today secured a coveted Winter Olympics photo credential. With the energy surrounding Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong and the U.S. Nordic combined team, this could also be a historic trip for our city and country.
My love of photography was the reason I got into journalism in the first place, and photographing the Olympics is a dream come true for me, and one that I hope to share with the readers of our paper.
I will continue to blog for the next few weeks. In my spare time I will write a few stories about local athletes, and you can bet I will fill the hard drive on my computer with hundreds of images.
Well, it's time to clean up the desk.