The photography for the Olympics is spectacular. Hundreds of photographs are submitted each hour and to see them as the games unfold is a privilege of the job.
Sunday afternoon there were a number of upsets in the various venues and the reflexes of the photographers caught the agony and the ecstasy when the athletes realized their four-year dreams were dashed or fulfilled. That split second is the glue that keeps us tuned to every hour of broadcast day after day but rarely do we see what the photographers see.
That newly familiar feeling that is not golden
Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Cullen Jones, and Ryan Lochte react to their silver medal win in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final men's relay. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
Feeling golden from the same race are the French team
France's Clement Lefert, left, Amaury Leveaux, and Fabien Gilot celebrate as they win gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. (AP Photo/ Mark J. Terrill)
Vollmer knows she has won, in record time, Gray at right knows she hasn't
Winner in the women's 100-meter butterfly Dana Vollmer of the U.S.A. .at left and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen Gray. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
All in a day's work for Cameron van der Burgh
South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh smiles after winning gold and setting a new world record as Australia's Brenton Rickard reacts following the men's 100-meter breaststroke swimming final. Burgh set a new world record with a time of 58.46. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The smiles say it all, both U.S. gymnasts have reason to celebrate
U.S. gymnasts Alexandra Raisman, right, is thrilled to find she is going to the women's all around competition, and Gabrielle Douglas who was expected to go, celebrate after qualifying for the women's all-around finals during the artistic gymnastics women's qualifications. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)