Part 1 - The Road to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
By Miles Weston
From Feb. 9-25, 2018, the eyes of the world will be on Pyeongchang County, South Korea, to watch the finest amateur winter sports athletes from around the globe vie for Olympic medals and stand on the winners' podiums.
For the past several months, Jeff Swinger, a 25-year professional photographer and member of the USA Today Sports photo team since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been capturing images during the U.S. Olympic trials and qualifiers. In February, he will travel to South Korea to photograph the action in many of the events for USA Today Sports fans worldwide.
Jeff Swinger, USA TODAY Sports photographer, checks and double-checks his essential tools before every Olympic trial and event. This includes his Canon cameras, refurbished/upgraded Mac notebook and OWC Envoy Pro EX storage. It may not look like the normal set-up for a computer user; but for action photographers, it works ... beautifully.
This will be Jeff's fourth Olympics behind the lens. In between Olympics stints, he shoots professional and college sports in addition to serving as a photo editor for USA Today Sports Images.
In the weeks ahead, Jeff will be sharing some of the best photos from the competitions leading up to the Winter Games as well as photographic highlights of Pyeongchang - just as he did two years ago from the Summer Olympics in Rio.
The XXIII Winter Olympics is Jeff Swinger's fourth Olympics assignment for USA TODAY Sports. He expects the upcoming games to be as rigorous as the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Trials and event photo coverage includes Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, speed skating, short-track speed skating and figure skating. He will also provide some background on what he must do to capture just the right action at just the right time.
To ensure that an event action shot is never lost, USA TODAY Sports photographer Jeff Swinger follows a strict policy that has never failed. He downloads his photos to his computer, backs them up and previews them. It is a routine he encourages everyone on the photo team to follow.
While it is perhaps the least glamorous part of being a sports action photographer, Jeff Swinger backs up and stores all of his assignments on his OWC RAID storage unit. Following a strict filing system he developed, he can very quickly access a group of event shots or individual photos from the years of action he has captured and stored.