18 hour days at the Olympics

August 3, 2012

By Dominic Ebenbichler

The alarm clock was set for 7.15am. After a short breakfast with my colleague Damir Sagolj I took the bus to Wimbledon, a journey of about 1.5 hours.

After arriving I met with our tennis specialist Stefan Wermuth who is covering the whole tennis tournament during the London Olympics. He showed me the venue and we figured out who was going to be covering which matches. I got to shoot Andy Murray, which also included capturing some pictures of Prince William and his wife Catherine, who were cheering for Murray throughout the game.

As the matches were spaced with only 15 minutes break inbetween, there was not even enough time to eat a sandwich. But who needs food during the Olympics?

After shooting three more matches, I left Wimbledon to head over to the beach volleyball at Horse Guard Parade. As I am a passionate player myself I really enjoyed shooting there. I got to see an amazing crowd, listen to loud music and witness stunning beach volleyball matches.

Marcelo Del Pozo and myself finished shooting 15 minutes past midnight, and I still hadn’t had a warm meal. By the time I arrived back at my hotel it was 2am. Lunch? Dinner? Nope!

But as I write these words – I can tell you even if you have to work an 18 hour workday you can enjoy it. I definitely do!

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