Live From Rio 2016: Swimming, Golf, Equestrian, Rugby, and Handball Photo Galleries
SVG is on the scene in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics and doing our best to visit as many venues as possible to document some of the specialty cameras, production professionals, and more that are making this year’s Games a compelling showcase of Olympic legends and rising stars. And we mean the production professionals who make it all happen, not the athletes who get the glory. Read more to see links to various galleries.
Equestrian Centre: Dressage
The only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other, equestrian has three disciplines: eventing, dressage, and jumping — each with both individual and team competitors. The camera coverage includes 16 cameras, five of which are super-slo-mo–capable.
Deodoro Stadium: Rugby Sevens
Deodoro Stadium was home to the debut of rugby sevens as an Olympic sport. Although the 15-player version of the sport appeared at the Olympic Games between 1900 and 1924, Rio 2016 marks the debut of rugby sevens, a faster, shorter adaptation. Bravery, skill, and speed were in abundance in the men’s and women’s tournaments. Rugby sevens coverage at the Olympics made use of 14 cameras and included members of the Sky New Zealand production team.
Photos of the Olympic Golf Course
The Olympic Games has its first male golf champion in more than a century, and the women take to the course tomorrow. NBC Olympics and the Golf Channel are giving golf’s return to the Games a double punch of production power with the help of a relatively new flypack from NEP Group that provides two control rooms with a separate audio room for each and much more. “This is third time the flypack has been used as it was rebuilt for the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year,” says Marc Caputo, senior director, remote technical operations, NBC Sports. “The challenge is, we have two venues in one as there is both the unilateral coverage and Golf Channel’s Live From coverage.”
Photos of Handball
Handball is tactical, skillful, and fiercely contested with goals galore. This event is taking place in the FTA Future Arena within Barra Olympic Park, with coverage provided by 17 cameras.
Olympic Aquatics Stadium
One of the more unusual aspects of the Rio Olympics is that swimming and diving do not share a venue. Olympic Aquatics Stadium, located at the Olympic Park in Barra, provides plenty of great camera positions for a series of events that captures the attention of fans everywhere. The competition is fierce, the personalities are global superstars, and the technology used to capture the events delivers stunning images from a wide variety of interesting and often wet angles.