Hi, I'm Reuter photographer Mike Blake, and the picture you're looking at was shot in Beijing, China, in 2008. I was covering the medals at the track and field, which was kind of in center field on the 50-yard line. This picture here is the Russian pole vaulter who actually won the gold medal.
That's her going over the bar.>> Both men and women's marathon of 2004 Olympic Games in Athens ended at Panathenaic Stadium. The stadium itself has two historical statues just where athletes are about to make the final turn before crossing the finish line. The athlete in my picture is not the gold medalist, nor he made the big news.
News that they just one of many athletes that pass by those statues. I shot a picture using a longer shot speed, so the athlete, the marathon runner, it's blurred and the white timeless statues remain in focus.