Just Another Day at the Office

August 19, 2008 | By Alison Crombie | Olympics, Sport


Ricky Berens of the United States poses with his gold medal in the NBC Today Show Studio after winning the Mens 4×200 Swimming Relay event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 13, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

The other day I had one of my better days at work so I thought I would share it with you. I went down to the NBC studio with Kristian, a Getty Images photographer, as the US women’s gymnastics team was coming in. They came in all glum and miserable as they got silver, but as soon as he said, “smile!” they became pageant girls. Hysterical!


BEIJING – AUGUST 13: (L-R) Alicia Sacramone, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Samantha Peszek, Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan of the United States pose together with their silver medals in the NBC Today Show Studio after placing second in the Women’s Gymnastics team event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 13, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

And then, we had a swimmer: I didn’t know who it was (I only know Phelps from the US team, sorry) and this guy comes in, wearing a sports shirt, so we said, “Hi, come in.” Kristian sets up the shot and then says, “Can you take your shirt off?” and he says, “What?!” and Kristian says, “You’re a swimmer, right? Can you take it off?”

So we start laughing and he takes it off, hands it to me – and his medal – and then I give him his medal back to wear.

Then Kristian asks me to hold the reflector, so I’m on my knees in front of his hips, holding this rectangular reflector board, trying SO hard not to smile!!!!! Then the door goes open and his manager/trainer/whatever says, “Oh my God!” when she sees that his shirt is off. I told her not to worry and that all the shots will be “above board” and Ricky couldn’t stop smiling — hence the pics below.


Ricky Berens of the United States poses with his gold medal in the NBC Today Show Studio after winning the Mens 4×200 Swimming Relay event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 13, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

He was lovely. A tough day at the office. :)

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