Cross-posted from: BBC Sport | Olympics | Beijing Diaries
Background: Raincity Studios CEO/Founder Robert Scales and Pres/Ambassador Kris Krug are on the ground in Beijing to document and study the 2008 edition of the Olympic Games. They are publishing dispatches to a variety of news outlets including the venerable BBC. Here’s Scales’ first installment of his Olympic diary.
ROBERT SCALES, MONTREAL, CANADA
Robert runs a web development company based in Canada
Since Autumn 2007, I have been living in China in preparation for the upcoming Summer Games.
I can honestly say that I have been an Olympic fan, or a "fen zhi" as the Chinese say, since I was a little boy!
I remember watching the 1976 summer games in Montreal on the TV, and
that has always stayed with me. In 2006, I had the opportunity to go to
the Winter games in Torino, Italy. This lit a flame in my heart and
since then I have been working on securing new opportunities to attend
future games such as Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing my Beijing
experience with you. I like to shoot low quality, single take, unedited
I am also travelling with my friend and business partner, Kris, who
is a photographer extraordinaire, so there will be no shortage of
pictures to share with you folks.
Some of my goals over the next 16 days are to attend the
Olympic fencing, which I have several tickets for on 15 August. I also
plan to visit some of the nation houses around the city to make new
international friends and meet athletes.
Other goals are to enjoy some of the local food and culture, and to have a great time.
Now, I must make myself ready to go and venture out into the Beijing
wild, in hope of finding the perfect spot to watch the opening
ceremony, since I have not been blessed with a ticket.