Damon Winter, Bill Smith, 88, Swimming. Smith, a native of Hawaii who starred at Ohio State, won two gold medals in 1948—in the 400-meter freestyle
and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay (New York Times caption).
These are marvelous, and lifted my spirits—portraits of Olympians from the last London Olympic Games, held in 1948, as they appear now. Don't miss the voice recordings—a nice touch.
They still seem like proud people, don't they?
Damon Winter (right) of Brooklyn N.Y. has been a photographer at The New York Times since 2007. Although born in New York, he was raised in the United States Virgin Islands, in St. Thomas (which always means a jazz tune to me). He holds a degree in environmental science from Columbia University. Prior to coming to the NYT he worked for a number of newspapers and agencies, including The Indianapolis Star and The Los Angeles Times. In 2005 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
(The picture of Damon is by his colleague Fred R. Conrad.)
(Thanks to Peter Szawlowski)
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