Another Winter Olympics have ended and Canada dominated the Mens’ Hockey final and won a second consecutive Gold with a 3-0 victory over Sweden. It was great to see the guys win again and even better it was awesome to see it all happen in person. I’m flying home right now and am presently 36,000 feet somewhere over northern Canada flying 1007 km/hour less than three hours from home. I thought it would be cool to post from high in the sky so I am. Here’s a shot of Sid humbly showing his Gold medal in the Canada dressing room post game.
I vividly remember photographing Teemu Selanne in Vancouver when he played in his rookie year and scored an astonishing 76 goals back in the 1992-93 NHL season. Fast forward to Sochi and to be able to witness what will most likely be his last Olympic Games (although you never know with Teemu) and the capturing of his fourth Olympic medal was a total thrill. I’ve also had the pleasure of photographing Teemu off ice and I have to say he is one of the nicest, modest and laid back players I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Good on you Teemu. What a great way to exit the world stage.
Men’s Gold Medal Final. Daniel Sedin + Alex Edler vs Roberto Luongo + Dan Hamhuis. That’s a tough choice for Canuck fans but I think I’ll have to side with my Canadian brethren. Sorry Danny and Eddie. Also, my condolences USA.
It is the 2014 Sochi Olympics but it certainly isn’t Day 6. The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brightly and this edition of the Winter Olympics are nearly at and end. Last night’s Canada win over the USA in Women’s hockey was one for the ages and will be a story of legends. An unprecedented rivalry, a fired coach, a succession of gold medals, a friendly goal post and a whole lotta luck. The US Women will have four years to think about this loss and it will sting every time the thought crosses their minds. For Canada, it was probably the sweetest win they have ever had at a Winter Olympics. There’s nothing better than a come from behind victory and do to it in overtime makes it a classic. Now if only the Canadian men can duplicate…..
The weather in Sochi has been amazing and even better than that, the light at dusk. I’m quite busy shooting hockey everyday but I always try to sneak outside of either of the two hockey rinks I have been working out of just to see the light in the sky during the sunset hour. If you stand in one spot between the Shayba Arena and the Bolshoy Ice Dome this is basically what you see in every direction at around 7pm in Sochi. Almost nicer than Vancouver if I dare say that!
The Bridge Resort, one building of many in this large complex in Sochi where most of the IIHF staff and Canadian families and friends are staying. It offers a beautiful view of the Black Sea.
2014 Sochi Games women and soldiers rehearse the flag and medal ceremony for the Men’s Gold medal hockey final. An interesting choice of flags.
Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock and Canadian players Ryan Getzlaf and Jeff Carter check out the Bolshoy Ice Dome after arriving in Russia.
Team USA and Team Finland start off the Women’s preliminary round at Shayba Arena.
NHL player’s gear is unloaded from a truck at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Swiss Women’s goalie Florence Schelling juggles a soccer ball as she warms up outside Shayba Arena.
Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman answers questions from media at a press conference.
Local hero Alexander Ovechkin has a good time as he steps onto the ice for the first time at the Bolshoy Ice Dome for the official Russian team photo.
2014 Sochi Games Men’s hockey officials pose at center ice at the Bolshoy Ice Dome for their group photo.
Hammer and Lou show off their Team Canada swag.
Portraits and official team photo for Team Canada. A very proud moment for me. I’m truly honored to be behind the camera for the whole event.