Olympic News 2010 Training in Gaylord, Mi

Practice, Practice, Practice.

Training, training, training.  Time to get up- close and personal with the athletes at the Otsego Ski Club in Gaylord, MI.  Winter Olympics only happen every 4 years and it is a blast to watch them work out and practice the sport.  I will be back photographing some of the night training on Thursday 2-4-10.

Some Olympic Facts:

The Official Olympic Flag
Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be gained from these international competitions. The rings, from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The colors were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games.

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2010 Olympic News

I think I got it!!!

It’s nine days out before the 2010 Olympics start in Vancouver, Canada.  I spent the day with four different countries in training at Otsego Ski Club in Gaylord.  What a great day to be out in the winter weather and photograph the training of the half pike snowboarders up close and personal.  They were a blast to watch and I wish they all could win.  There are more pictures posted on my FB page.  Find me at Photography By Blair.

Backcountry Skiing Northern Michigan

Back-Country Ski Trail

The back-country pulls at my soul.

It’s not just the un-tracked lines, the first descents, or the chutes that fill in undisturbed.  It’s also the quietness, the solitude and pureness of this world.   It’s the realization that we can go wherever.  No ropes or boundaries to limit us.  And like all good things, the only limits that exist in the back-country are in our minds.

When I started cross country skiing back in 1979 I never thought that I would ware out the love of this sport, but only after four years into it I knew there was more to this then skiing on groomed trails.  The more I went out the more I would look into the woods and see lines that I wanted to ski.  In 1984 I purchased my first pair of Telle skis.  After that I was hocked on the back-country.  I have four different sets of back-country skis and gear that allows me to ski any conditions.  It is a passion and the love that allows me to ski and photograph the real nature life in the back-country.

I started a back-country ski outing once a year in February with my brotherfriends back in 1986.   Were in our 24th year and leaving for our week ski the same day the Olympics starts.  Let the games began.

If you are looking for a photographer to document your winter event anywhere in the US, including Alaska, especially on skis, my calender is open most week days and weekends thru March.

-10 on a Blue Sky Day


Notice: After 22 years and over 900 weddings I am retiring from the wedding industry. If there are any bride and groom's that are still considering purchasing their copyrights to their pictures. Please message me or email and pass this on. It has been a "Spactabulas" amazing adventure and I met so many beautiful & wonderful people on my journey photographing one of many special days of your lives. I'm humbled to have had this opportunity to be a part of your special day. I will continue to sell my freelance work online & on Facebook. Another chapter with magical, music memories from beautiful Mackinac Island, MI. To all my family and friends, I miss you all so much. PL&H.