That’s a photo of my friend, Larry Slater who is currently in Beijing, for some sort of sporting event happening there.
Larry, an attorney by day (and a great one), is an avid photographer who is in Beijing as a photographer for the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team. In addition to the Olympics, Larry has photographed the US team at the Olympic trials, national championships and the World Championships in Budapest, Hungry. He’s had photos published in wrestling publications and Sports Illustrated. Yeah, he’s that good.
Larry’s photographer pass has granted him access to just about everything, and he’s taken thousands of photos. He’s been kind enough to share them with us, and has given permission to display a few and link to his albums for your viewing pleasure.
Here’s just a few I picked out:
US Women take Gold and Silver (and Bronze) in Sabre. This is the Gold medal match. Gold medalist Mariel Zagunis (left) defeats Silver Medalist Sada Jacobson (right).
NBA star LeBron James playing for Team USA.
Chris Bosh (NBA Raptors) gets past Yao Ming as US defeats China 101–70.
Here’s a couple of fans you may recognize…
Speaking of someone you might recognize…
Michael Phelps and Garret Weber-Gale (Hook ‘em Horns!) celebrate after the defining moment of the 2008 Beijing Olympics — The US Men’s stunning come from behind victory in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
Gymnastics All-Around Gold medalist Nastia Liukin (US) on floor exercise.
Nastia Liukin wins All-Around Gold for the U.S.A!
U.S. All-Around Silver Medalist, Shawn Johnson
Larry reports he’s working 20 hour days in Beijing. His wife Sandy reports Larry is, “having the time of his life”. I bet. I’m insanely jealous — of his being there, and his photography talent.
Just in case you’re concerned that it’s all work and no play for my friend Larry…
Here’s a shot of Larry with Greco-Roman legend Rulon Gardner. Gardner stunned the wrestling world in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, when in the Gold medal match he defeated Russian Alexander Karelin, who was previously undefeated in 13 years of international competition. (In fact, Karelin had not given up a point in six years.) Gardner is currently a wrestling analyst for NBC Sports in Beijing.
And finally, proving beyond doubt that being a photographer at the Olympics is a horrible job, Larry took this shot at a women’s beach volleyball match…
THANK YOU Larry, for sharing your amazing work with us!
All photos copyright Larry Slater. Used with permission.