The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver presented some rarely seen challenges for Reuters photographers on assignment at the winter games.

Rain! Rain! And more rain!

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Photographer Mark Blinch waits to shoot Olympic action. REUTERS/Andre Forget/QMI agency

Cypress Mountain, the home of snowboarding and freestyle skiing was quite possibly the worst Olympic venue of all time. Photographers were confronted with rain, fog and constantly shifting photo positions. As the snow melted positions became useless and had to be changed. Communications failed in the wet and the organizers moved snow from the finish area to other parts of the course to keep the events moving. Despite the trying conditions some wonderful pictures were made. Highlights included Alexandre Bilodeau, winning Canada’s first ever gold medal on home soil and the dazzling Shaun White in the halfpipe.

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Shaun White of the U.S. celebrates in the finish area after his first run in the men’s halfpipe finals on Cypress Mountain at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Men’s hockey was a special challenge for the Reuters photo team. The pressure on us to produce was immense as was the pressure on the Canadian team to rebound from a poor showing in Turin and take the hockey mad nation of Canada to nirvana.