How An Olympics Photographer Captured Usain Bolt's 'Cheeky Grin'
August 15, 2016 4:58 PM ET
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
Yesterday, Jamaican sprinter[牙买加短跑运动员] Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in Rio and kept his status as the fastest man in the world. One photo from the day visually defines the career of this record-breaking athlete. It's from the semifinals[半决赛], and in it, Bolt is leading the pack[成为第一;一群中最好的一个;领先群雄]. He looks to his side, grinning[露齿笑;咧嘴笑;龇牙笑]. His competitors are barely nipping at his heel. Bolt's shoulder and face are in sharp focus[清晰聚焦;锐聚焦] while everything below the waist[腰] is a blur[模糊不清]. We're joined now by the photographer who took that photo. Cameron Spencer of Getty Images is on the line via Skype. Hi there.
CAMERON SPENCER: Hi. How are you doing?
SHAPIRO: So you're at the semifinals shooting this race, and when you looked at the back of your camera having shot the image, did you know in that moment you had something special?
SPENCER: When he went past me, you know - this happens in nine and a half seconds - I kind of knew at the 70-meter mark he was going to probably be ahead of the rest. He's a slow starter I think because he's such a big guy, but once he gets those legs and arms pumping, he sort of takes off[起飞].
And when he passed me around the 70-meter mark I was infield[在(或向)场中心] and I sort of panned my camera with him. And you know, he looked infield to sort of check the competitors out, and it wasn't till I looked at the back of my camera, firstly hoping that something was sharp[清晰的;清楚的] and that I had captured it. I then realized he's almost looking straight at me and he had the big grin going and the eyes, and I knew that it was special once I saw that.
SHAPIRO: You've been following Bolt for a long time. Tell us about your history with him.
SPENCER: Well, this is my third Summer Olympics[夏季奥运会], and I've done two Track and Field World Championships[世界田径锦标赛]. He's been at all of them. And I think there's no greater athlete on the planet at the moment. What people love about him and what photographers love about him as well is he's such an entertainer. He's so confident and he plays up to the crowd, and I think when he walks into that stadium, it's electric[令人激动的;令人兴奋的;高度刺激的].
And last night was no different. I think it was going to be a special night. And when there's that many people there as well to witness greatness, and, you know, the hush[寂静,安静] goes over the crowd before that starter's gun goes off, it's spine-tingling[特殊而令人激动的;紧张刺激的] stuff.
SHAPIRO: Do you study his quirks[怪癖;古怪之处], his habits, his routines? Do you have to know that in the final stretch[最后冲刺/阶段] he's likely to do this, and in the opening he's likely to do that?
SPENCER: I think that comes with experience. You know, the first time I shot Bolt, I was at the velodrome[(自行车或摩托车的)赛车场] in Beijing, and I had to race on a bus to the start line. And my position was - Cameron, you have to be at the start. The race is happening at this time, and you need to shoot the guys coming out of the blocks. And I was freaking out[处于极度高涨的情绪中(如害怕、愤怒或兴奋);崩溃;吓坏了], you know? This is the Olympics and oh, my God.
And I think you get more confident and more experience every time you cover[采访;报导] a major event like this. You know, he'sgot his famous striking pose he always does, but he's done that a million times, and I think last night, giving that cheeky grin to the other competitors was something that made it different.
SHAPIRO: Have you ever met him?
SPENCER: I've never met him personally, but I have done a lot of running around trying to chase him, last night included. After the hundred men's final, I did the lap of honor with him. And he's reacting to the camera and sort of playing up to us a little bit, but we also want to give him his space and let him enjoy the moment with the crowd. So it's that balancing act between interaction and also being a fly on the walland letting him run around. And you also have to avoid tripping over[绊在障碍物上而跌跤;被…绊倒] everything around the stadium because you're running backwards in front of him.
SHAPIRO: (Laughter) Do you know whether he's seen the photograph?
SPENCER: I've heard that he has commented on it and said that he loves it, but I haven't actually heard directly from him (laughter).
SHAPIRO: Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer, thank you so much for your time, and congratulations on the shot.
SPENCER: Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Cheers.
nip at someone’s heels：to be almost as good as someone that you are competing with
The second place team is nipping at the heels of the leaders.
1）(of a film camera) to move slowly from one side to another or up and down （摄影机）追拍，摇摄
In the first scene, the camera pans slowly across the room.
2）to criticize something severely 严厉批评
The critics panned the film version of the novel.
lap of honor=victory lap：a journey around a track or sports field that is made by a winner of a race or a team that has won a game （赢得比赛胜利后的）绕场庆祝
a fly on the wall 隐蔽的或不引人注意的旁观者
fly-on-the-wall：describes a TV documentary showing people in their daily lives；a fly-on-the-wall television programme or film shows real people doing what they normally do every day （电视节目）纪实的
a fly-on-the-wall documentary