Syracuse University Magazine

Vantage Point Vancouver

When it comes to Olympic glory, Andrew Burton '10 can tell a few stories. The Newhouse School photojournalism major journeyed to Vancouver, British Columbia, in February to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics as a freelance photographer. Whether it was capturing American speed-skating star Apolo Ohno racing for a medal on the short track, enduring seemingly endless bus rides between locations, arriving hours ahead of an event to stake out a prime spot among hundreds of photographers, or putting in a 22-hour day bundled in snow gear and lugging around 60 pounds of equipment, Burton reveled in the work. "The weather was challenging," he says. "The outdoor light conditions affected the photography. It was really difficult shooting the skiers when the mountain was clouded in fog." 

Burton got his first taste of shooting Olympic action at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, working as an assistant to a Newsweek photographer. The experience inspired him to rustle up assignments for Vancouver and off he went. Along with the selection of photographs here, he had shots published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian, and the Sports Business Journal. An exhibition of his Vancouver work was on display at the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center through mid-May. He also posted photos on his web site. "I had a great time," he says. "It was a tremendous experience." —Jay Cox


Chinese silver medalists Qing Pang and Jian Tong perform during the figure-skating exhibition gala at the Vancouver Olympics on February 27. 


The United States' Apolo Ohno (center), Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay (right), and South Korea's Yoon-Gy Kwak skate past a crash that sent South Korea's Ho-Suk Lee into the wall during the semifinals of the men's 500-meter short track race on February 26. 


American freestyle skier Patrick Deneen practices before the men's moguls competition on February 14 during the Vancouver Olympics. Deneen qualified for the finals, but crashed on his final aerial trick.