This pictures is special to me.
Skiers soaring through the air at Canada Olympic Park and all I could think of was capturing the event with my camera. I did not have a car so I took the train to Brentwood and ran to C.O.P. It took me 30 mins to reach the destination, sweaty and out of breath. I did not have a media pass so I jumped the fence and hiked my way to the top of the hill. To my surprise I was able to get front row access just by showing up with my big camera.

It was exhilarating to be so close to the action, sitting at the edge of the ski jump taking photos as skiers flew by. I could not believe how fast these extreme athletes soared in the air. In between rapid shots, I changed my fuji film 5 times and at the conclusion of the event, decided to present it to the Calgary Herald.
I then took the train to Max Bell and ran to the Calgary Herald building. I got to the security desk and explained I had some pictures to show the editor. I got in and took the elevator to the top floor. It was my first time visiting a busy newsroom atmosphere. I found the photo editor and showed him my negatives. He took his loop (a magnifier to go through the pictures) and he proceeded to scan through them at lightning speed. He then looked up and said if he found anything he would contact me. I felt brushed off but I still felt happy that I had such an exciting day. On the way home on the train I felt that this was what I was meant to do, and that was to tell stories with my camera.
So I went to bed dreaming of becoming a photographer. The first thing I planned to do in the morning was open the newspaper and hopefully find my picture buried in the sports section.

Waking up to the sound of the paperboy shoving the newspaper in my mailbox, I jumped out of my bed and ran to the door and was greeted by -20 air. I grabbed the newspaper and ran in the kitchen...Sitting down, I took a deep breath and opened up the newspaper....section by section.

City section...
Sports Section

My Photo
Jaw drops
on the FRONT page of the Sports the Calgary HERALD!
Photo by Vincent Joachim
Thats me
my name
my photo???!!!
what a feeling!!
Yes I scream!!!
I pump my fist and jump up and down
Waking up the household
I can't believe it
Thank you God
Thank you

The caption above the photo reads:

"Rising Above the Crowd"
Published in the Calgary Herald
by Vincent Joachim
Feb 1, 1998
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