TOKYO (AP) – The Olympics can easily be thought of as epic, a collection of meaningful moments put together into one great and exciting narrative. And the games are often certain of that. But sometimes the genius is in the details – not necessarily in the details of the actual competition, but in the little things that happen on the side.
In the case of Associated Press photographer David Goldman, Britain’s Jessica Learmonth’s wet foot tells its own story on Tuesday as she switched from the women’s individual triathlon bike course to running in the rain.
For AP photojournalist Dita Alangkara, the act of reaching for a shuttlecock caught in the hand of Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying during their match against Qi Xuefei of France on Wednesday reveals a fleeting interaction with badminton equipment that makes the bigger picture captures.
The big moment and the small detail: a trained photojournalist is ready to capture both in next to no time. In return, the Olympic Games offer some of the most fascinating canvases of all.
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