Favourite Pictures * from May 2017

OG Paris 1924

Long jump - Edward Gourdin (USA), silver medallist

chosen by Claire,
PR & Media Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because this Native American athlete was the first Seminole to compete in the Olympic Games. He also studied law at Harvard and went on to have an extraordinary career, becoming a lawyer and then a judge.”

Claire

Long jump - Edward Gourdin (USA)
Diving training

OG Barcelona 1992

Diving training

chosen by Silvia,
Digital Projects Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because it’s quite striking visually, pure even, with a clear arrangement. It’s a very ‘Bauhaus’ image. There’s an interesting contrast; the athlete is ready, in position, but her body appears to be split into two parts; only one of her legs is visible at chest level; and we’re only given a side view of her head – her face is turned away from the camera so we can’t see her expression.”

Silvia

OG Atlanta 1996

Equestrian jumping - Urs Faeh (SUI) and his horse Jeremia

chosen by Christian,
Technical and AV Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because of the way it’s framed and set out, with the two bodies pressed up against each other, almost fused together with the same goal, and the sharp contrasts between the horse’s veiny skin and the red and white clothing. It looks as though the rider and the horse are becoming one… It’s a great example of compact framing.”

Christian

Equestrian jumping
Synchronised swimming

OG Athens 2004

Synchronised swimming, team event

chosen by Fernando,
Photo Archivist at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because it’s almost the complete antithesis of what you normally see in synchronised swimming. There are no beaming smiles on faces, no bodies stretching out and bursting from the water. Instead, there’s a calm silence washing over the swimmers – something the public doesn’t tend to see. They’ve got peaceful expressions on their faces, like they’re waiting for something, almost like they’re meditating.”

Fernando

OG London 2012

Athletics

chosen by Anna,
Coordination Programme Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because it looks like a painting in which the heat from the flames of the Olympic cauldron is blurring out the image of the athletes. The yellow flames set against the red track, together with the horizontal lines, add to the beauty of the photo.”

Anna

Athletics
Short-track speed skating

OG Sochi 2014

Short-track speed skating / 1500m (men’s)

chosen by Alain,
Exhibitions Project Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because the amazing speed of short-track is reproduced in this image through the long exposure. As well as illustrating the speed of this discipline, it makes it look as if there was a whole crowd of athletes! Just out of interest, do you know how many athletes there really are?!”

Alain

OG Sapporo 1972

Speed skating / 500m (women’s) - Kay Lunda (USA)

chosen by Silvia,
Digital Projects Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because you can see the skater at full tilt, swinging her arms, totally concentrated, tongue out and frowning. The athlete, in her skintight outfit with a pointy cap and round glasses perched on her nose, looks like a little elf. The image is fun, it makes you smile, because sport is fun, too!”

Silvia

Speed skating
Bobsleigh, five-man

OG St Moritz 1928

Bobsleigh, five-man (POL) - “Sergeant Murphy’s bob”

chosen by Anna,
Coordination Programme Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because it clearly shows that so-called extreme sports are not a recent invention. Imagine the courage (or foolhardiness?!) you needed in 1928 to throw yourself at full speed down a run made of ice, on a wooden sledge with a wonky steering wheel, with no helmet or any other form of protection, lying on top of your team mates! Who would do that today?”

Anna

OG Sotchi 2014

Freestyle skiing/aerials (men’s) - Mykola Puzderko (UKR)

chosen by Alain,
Exhibitions Project Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because the expression ‘under the spotlight’ makes perfect sense with this image! Although it was taken during the daytime, the floodlights seem necessary to pick out the skier, lost in the vastness of the sky, and incredibly high in the air. The way the photographer has framed this makes perfect sense, as it draws attention to the athlete, even though he is just a tiny part of the photo.”

Alain

Freestyle skiing/aerials
Figure skating, ice dance (mixed)

OG Albertville 1992

Figure skating, ice dance (mixed) - Maya Usova and Aleksandr Zhulin (EUN), 3rd

chosen by Silvia,
Digital Projects Manager at The Olympic Museum

“I like this photo because it is an image of grace and poetry, underlined by the lightness of the clothing and the pastel colours. An image of the complicity and mastery of the skaters: him strong, carrying; her trustingly giving herself to him; both swept along by the speed of their skates on the ice. The vanishing point of the picture is at the centre of their chests, like a symbol of the love in their choreography. Well done to the photographer, what an eye, what feeling!”

Silvia