Fragments of detail tell different Olympic stories

TOKYO (AP) – It’s easy to think of the Olympics as epic, as a collection of important moments sewn into a magnificent and exciting tale. And the game is often definitely that. But sometimes genius is in the details – not even the details of the actual competition, necessarily, but the little things that happen in passing.

In the case of Associated Press photographer David Goldman, the wet foot of British Jessica Learmonth tells her own story on Tuesday as she transitions in the rain from the bike leg of the women’s individual triathlon to running.

For AP photojournalist Dita Alangkara, the act of reaching a springbow, caught with Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying’s hand during her fight against France’s Qi Xuefei on Wednesday, reveals a fleeting interaction with badminton equipment that captures the larger whole.

The big moment and the small detail: A trained photojournalist is ready to capture both with a moment’s notice. For that, the Olympics provide some of the most exciting canvases of all.


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