Who was Dorando Pietri? (Shooting the Olympics Part II)

When the 2012 London Summer Olympics begin in less than a week, we will be bombarded with visual images (and video...lots of video) from sports like tennis, basketball, track and field, swimming, soccer, etc.  It is always amazing to see the creativity from the photographers who cover all of these events (see previous post).

But, before all of that begins, take some time to read about the incredible tale of Italian marathon runner Dorando Pietri (the brief winner of the marathon at the 1908 London Olympics) and marvel at this amazing photograph...the first of its kind...that captured the climatic ending to a historical event.  Cameras (and film!) of the early 20th century were just starting to become fast enough for newspaper photographers to capture athletes in action.  With incredible detail we see what looks like two men helping Pietri across the finish line, who are they?  Why are so many cheering in the background?  And what does Pietri have in his hand??  Read the story behind this historic photograph -----> here (you'll be glad you did!).

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