The colors were posted by the Beaumont Police Department, who did an outstanding job.
This young lady, Miss Wheelchair California, had the sweetest voice. She sang the opening song prior to the official start of the Olympics.
The torch was transported in by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who flew it in by helicopter, with an officer repelling down with the torch in hand.
The torch was then brought onto the field with an escort of Law Enforcement Motor Officer, with the Los Angeles Police Department in the lead.As they ran past me I was able to take some nice shots of the torch.
This is the lighting of the Olympic flame.
Once the games officially started I headed out to cover the golf venue. Again I will say I have never shot golf, but have covered a wide range of sports in my time as a sports photographer and knew that I could capture some nice shots of these athletes. My thoughts and what I live by is that all athletes should have great quality shots of them in action and I hope after you view these shots you will agree that I have accomplished that.
One of the volunteers helping the athlete's brought his son and how could you not take this shot. I mean, just look at him and the open hill of grass. This is what every kid lives for, to just run and be free.
I loved this last shot. I was able to capture the dirt flying up, the bend of the clubs shaft, and the ball in the shot. The only thing lacking is a clear view of his face.
I stayed until the golf event was complete and then headed back to the university to see what other action I could get. I went to track and was able to cover the last few races before todays events came to a close.
This first shot is of the fast pace walking event. You can just feel her determination as she races to the finish line.
This was followed by the wheelchair events.
And then lastly the 4x100 relays. In this first shot this male athlete was beginning to lose his shorts, which he was holding on too. This didn't faze this athlete one bit. He just continued to run and had a blast doing it.
A quick shot of some fans in the stands.
Let me say thanks for taking a look. Feel free to leave any comments. If you ever have the chance to participate in the Special Olympics, which take place all over the country, please do. It's a life changing experience you won't regret.