Last month I got an assignment to photograph 50 year old Olympic hopeful Jacki Munzel for a new AARP feature called life re-imagined. It is about people that reinvent themselves after getting older. Jacki Munzel is the perfect example. I was asked to get various shots of her warming up, skating and a couple of portraits.
Jacki is a New York native and grew up figure skating. She loved being on the ice but got pulled into other things during life and never perused her passion of skating. Then during the last Olympic games she was talking to her daughter about how she always regretted not using her talent. She felt God had given her a talent and she didn’t us it. Right then speed skating came on the TV. “Her daughter said to her pointing at the screen, why don’t you do that”. She said in that moment she knew that’s what she wanted to do and shortly after that started training. The thing that is really incredible is that she now competes with people half her age and is just as good as they are. I had the opportunity to photograph her while she was training here in Salt Lake City at the Olympic Oval the week before time trials. She didn’t end up making the team but she came real close. She is an inspiration to me and one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with. Here are some of my favorite shots.