winter olympic tech for popular mechanics

I felt like I was a kid in a candy store during this two day shoot for Popular Mechanics.  It was amazing getting to meet the team at Specialized (located just south of San Jose).  They fueled the crew up on Verve coffee and also let us demo their new electric assist bikes (which were super addictive).  While we weren’t there to shoot bikes,  it was nice get the full tour and then settle into the wind tunnel location where I photographed US Ski Team downhiller Steven Nyman.   I didn’t know Steven was our subject until the day before the shoot,  and I was super excited when I found out it was him.  I had photographed Steven before for Men’s Journal on one of my first ever editorials.  It was good to reconnect and do another shoot together.

I also enjoyed meeting the crew at Easton Bell near Santa Cruz.  They have machines to stress test all the gear they make.

Finally,  I headed down to Burbank from the Bay Area to Easton Bell’s other location.  The burbank location focuses more on skating and baseball.  They also had many machines to insure the products they are making are safe and will hold up to the demands of the athletes.

Some outtakes:

The new USA Spyder suit.

A new Giro helmet getting ready to be smashed.

They keep the skates at ‘ice’ temp before firing pucks at them at 100mph.

Easton Bell was nice enough to dissect some of their new product for the shoot.

The new combyn helmet.

Team Specialized analyzing aero data as Nyman holds the tuck.

Hoping to see this guy make it to Sochi!  Thanks to everyone who helped out to make this shoot come together and for Allyson for hiring me!