Shooting for the Gold
Sponsored by Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., Iooss has spent the last 18 months crisscrossing America to photograph our athletes as they train for the Olympics. He has exposed about 1,000 roils of film, some 36,000 frames, which have been winnowed down to a choice 80. This collection, called "Shooting for the Gold," has just opened in Washington, D.C., with additional exhibits scheduled for San Diego, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Next October, after completing his Fuji assignment at the Games, Iooss, 40, will publish a book on the Olympians, with text by New York Times columnist Dave Anderson.
Iooss was 17 when he sold his first photograph to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, where he is now a contributing photographer. Since then he has shot more than 175 covers and covered two Olympics. Yet nothing will compare, he insists, with this summer's Games: "These Olympics will be like two weeks' worth of Super Bowls, two weeks of the seventh game of the World Series. It will be the biggest sporting event in American history." For Iooss, however, it'll be a snap.