The daily post #74: Of Press Officers, Priestesses & Pussycats
Posted by Julian Lim under behind the scenes
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Thought I’d just post one last entry on Olympia with some of my favourite photographs. Hope you enjoy viewing them half as much as I enjoyed shooting them. 🙂
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This was the first time I saw the flame lit during rehearsal. First time for many others too as you can see.
Deputy CEO Francis Chong thanking the priestesses for their hard work. He's quite good with the ladies.
Leonard, our HNA correspondent, works his magic with the police
Mr Tassos Papachristou, press officer for the Helenic Olympic Committee, has been doing this since 1980. Yes, he knows his stuff!
Our two torchbearers, Silas (back to camera) and Amanda (sunglasses) watch the flame lighting rehearsal for the first time
That's how far Silas is from the front of the stadium
Something about the place just makes you want to compete...
... to be the best
Maybe it's got something to do with how Pierre De Coubertin's heart is buried here. For real!
With its inclines and winding roads, Olympia is also great if you like to drive
The animals are pretty good-looking too. This fellow was lounging around outside a souvenir shop.
No big budget photoshoot for a last-minute request for a photo of the safety lantern. Just good ol' teamwork and improvisation.
Our friends from the IOC hosted a media roundtable to explain what it was that we were up to in Olympia. It wasn't very round though, as you can see.
I'm guessing she grows up to be a priestess too.
The big band that provided the music for the day's proceedings. Love their outfit!
Our camera crew nearly got into an argument with Mr Anastaios Mikelopoulas (above), guard of antiquities at Ancient Olympia, on second day of rehearsal. But good sense prevailed, and we were good friends by Flame lighting day. 🙂
We had a good crowd at Olympia on the big day, and I imagine many more from around the world.
Shufen, "guardian of the torchbearers", wonders why that dessert doesn't taste more like Tiramisu
Farewell, Olympia! So long, Greece!