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Behind the Camera: “11 Minutes for a Hockey Game” by Anke Wälischmiller

From left, Algo Karp (EST), Thomas Bing (GER), Martin Jaks (CZE) in action, Cross-Country Skiing, Men's 4 x 10km Relay, Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre on February 12, 2018 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL VR | ISO 100 | 1/2000 s | f/5.0 Photo by Anke Wälischmiller/ FOTOAGENTUR SVEN SIMON

PyeongChang, Feb 12, 2018 - Anke Wälischmiller, Germany-based photographer: “At the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang I am working with another photographer on behalf of German photo agency Fotoagentur Sven Simon. The images will be mainly used for a book on this Olympics, especially for sports enthusiasts, that will be published after the Games end.

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo (NOR) first place, with flag on the finishline, Cross-Country Skiing, Men's 4 x 10km Relay, Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre on February 12, 2018 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR | ISO 250 | 1/1600 s | f/4.0 Photo by Anke Wälischmiller/ FOTOAGENTUR SVEN SIMON

Therefore, we have to cover as many events as possible. This is mostly very difficult and nerve-racking. I am arriving at the venues not always in time to be able to get the best photo positions or to find out the fastest way to finish area at cross country after having taken action shots along the track.

Tess Allemann (SUI) and Dominique Ruegg (SUI) in action against Kim Selin (COR), Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Switzerland vs. Korea at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR | ISO 1600 | 1/1000 s | f/3.5 Photo by Anke Wälischmiller/ FOTOAGENTUR SVEN SIMON

Women's ice-hockey match Switzerland versus Korea I intended to cover, serves as a good example. Before this match I had to shoot speed skating (women's 3000m). For no bus was going directly from speed skating venue to hockey arena I had to go first to media village to catch the bus to hockey arena. Sitting in the bus I could watch on TV that second period of the match was almost finished and when I finally arrived at my destination last period of the game had begun.

Team Switzerland and Korea - hand shake after the game. Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Switzerland vs. Korea at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR | ISO 1250 | 1/1250 s | f/3.5 Photo by Anke Wälischmiller/ FOTOAGENTUR SVEN SIMON
After the game: Team Korea standing right in front of the “Army of Beauties” - North Korean Cheerleaders. Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Switzerland vs. Korea at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Nikon D850 | AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR | ISO 1000 | 1/640 s | f/4.0 Photo by Anke Wälischmiller/ FOTOAGENTUR SVEN SIMON

The atmosphere in the arena was incredible. The team of Korea consists of female players from South and North Korea and so this match was not only a sport event but also a statement. Both countries seem to show with this team their goodwill. So I did not only focus on the match on the ice but also tried to get pictures of the officials and fascinated as I was, taking a lot of pictures of the “Army of Beauties” - North Korean cheerleaders performing a curious choreography on the stand. Born and raised in divided Germany, I am sensitized for this main topic and so this event will for me remain an unforgettable memory that was in the end worth all efforts”.