Over 10 days in January 2012, 1,059 athletes from 70 countries competed in the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games. These are their stories.
This project tells a number of stories. It is a story of firsts; the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, the first city to host three Olympiads, and for over a thousand athletes from 70 nations, their first Olympic competition. At it's heart, Unseen is a visual look back at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games.
You've never heard of a Youth Olympic Games? So far, Youth Olympic Games have only been held twice; the inaugural Summer Games were held in Singapore in August 2010. The subject of this project, inaugural Winter Games were held in Innsbruck in January 2012.
The Youth Olympic Games, or YOG, don't garner much attention from traditional media outlets outside the host city or nation. Most coverage was in publications that cover only one sport with little coverage in general media. Sure, there are videos you can find and web sites you can read, some covering the Games broadly and some only following a single sport. But there hasn't been a single place to discover the breadth of the Games.
This project will produce both an e-book and a hard copy book containing a photographic essay covering the first winter Youth Games. The books won't cover every athlete, nor every discipline, not even every new event. After all, there is a limit to how many places one photographer can be at once.
The books will contain highlights such as the unsung Austrian women's ice hockey team who weren't expected to advance beyond the opening round. They won silver.
The Canadian snowboarder who wiped out on her last preliminary run, and went on to win Olympic gold.
The Italian curlers who started the final day of competition in 8th place and also won silver.
The ski jumper from Slovenia who won the first ever Winter Olympics gold medal for his country. The entire Slovenian team was expected to take home 2 or 3 medals. That ski jumper won 2 on his own. His team? Seven.
The 3rd generation American cross-country skier who helped win a team bronze medal in the mixed gender cross-country skiing/biathlon relay held at the same venue his father competed on in 1976.
Whether this project is funded or not, it is also a test of new media vs. old. Which will get more backers, hard copy or e-book? Are people willing to pay for coverage of a specific subject they are interested in instead of relying on traditional media outlets to tell the stories they are interested in?
In addition to producing and shipping rewards, how will funds raised be used? Having pre-press work done on each image to ensure the highest possible quality takes money. Designers and design tools aren't free. To enable ongoing sales after the funding window closes, ISBN numbers have to be bought for sales to people who don't back Unseen. Kickstarter and Amazon fees have to be paid. The list isn't endless but it does add up.
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