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August 9, 2008 11:36 PM

Olympics: Flagging support

Posted by Rod Mar

Many famous people showed up at the Water Cube this morning to watch Michael Phelps try to earn his first gold medal of these games.

Bill Gates was probably the richest person in the venue, but President Bush was likely the most famous, even though he had to share the "top politician at the pool" honors with his father, George H.W. Bush, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.


Former Seattle Times' sports editor Bob Silver was there as well, since his daughter Emily was part of the medal winning 400-meter freestyle relay team for the United States. I mention Bob because he once awarded me a Snickers bar for a good photo I took way back when (a Snickers bar is as good as a gold, check that, BRONZE, medal for me -- I'd still take a gold but it doesn't have that rich chocolate caramel goodness).

I digress. Can't help it. Haven't had lunch yet and I'm "weighting" for Melanie Roach to compete in the 53kg weightlifting competition.

Back to our President.

After he slipped slightly coming down the stairs (Secret Service guy caught him), he sat down and after a bit someone handed him an American flag.


He studied it for a minute before proudly displaying it for the U.S. fans on the other side of the pool.


The First Lady had to gently remind him that he was holding the flag, well, backwards.


Whoops.

Easy mistake to make.

Mr. President quickly flip-flopped, and all was right for the leader of the free world.


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August 9, 2008 10:49 PM

Olympics: Michael Phelps' first gold medal of the Games

Posted by Rod Mar

Michael Phelps left no doubt at the Aqua Cube this morning as to who is the man to beat at the these Olympic Games.

After setting the Olympic record during his preliminary swim in the 400 individual medley last night, he came back in the morning and bettered his own world record in a time of 4:03:84.

I was shooting from a set of bleachers along the pool deck, about three rows up. Low enough for some drama, high enough to see his face when he took breaths.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)


Phelps hit the wall and turned to see his world-record time:

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

After the gold-medal ceremony, Phelps smiled up at family and friends in the stands.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

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