Some days at the Olympics are as wild as a snowboard-cross race. We had one of those days in Sochi on Saturday. The U.S. and Russia played one of the best hockey games in Olympic history. At the same time we had writers chasing the story of a 23-year-old Russian women's ski-cross skier who had reportedly suffered a horrific spinal injury—a dislocated vertebra, almost certain to cause paralysis—in a training crash on a course that might have been too dangerous. Then one of our staff members, writing on deadline, received a message that his wife was in the hospital after suffering a possible stroke. Throughout this we were negotiating with athletes and agents and the IOC for a potentially amazing photo shoot. And so on.
Every day at the Olympics is at least a little like that. The Games pack into two weeks more life-changing, career-altering, mind-bending stories and moments—tragedies and triumphs—than any person would normally see in a lifetime. If you're here as a journalist, it all comes at you fast.
I'm happy to report that the Russian skier is not paralyzed and our staff member's wife seems to be all right. We'll see what surprises today holds in store. We're entering a particularly hectic stretch in the magazine week (though thatt's sometimes hard to distinguish when you're already working 16 hours every day). Now on to some pictures, most of them from a lunchtime walk through Olympic Park the other day:
Meanwhile, back at the Main Press Center (which I keep typing into my computer as the Maine Press Center)...