I am not sure if he knew, but this is not just "a sports photographer," this is Vince LaForet. You have seen his work — check out his art prints.
His site has a lot of really interesting back story and details. From the equipment posting above, click the number to see the rest of the shots and be sure to read the captions. Then see his blog entry on this topic, with lots of interesting background, including a shocking admission:
Yipe! Not sure I would have admitted that. But he's a seasoned pro.
This entry talks about China and the Internet:
Particularly in my hotel it seems. Every VPN I set up works for a day and then gets blocked - same goes for utilities that I download to work with my web browser(s). I’m convinced that there’s some Chinese ISP technician (or worse the Chinese Gov’t) that I’m playing an endless game of Whac-A-Mole with - and I’m on the receiving end and losing!
So I apologize for not getting back to many of your comments. I’ll keep trying to figure out a way - or at least to stay ahead. I am reading every single one of your comments as they come to me as e-mail - and BIG thanks for the encouragement, and kind words. Keeps me going… when I get a chance to both connect and have a little time - I’ll fire off some responses. So keep them coming - they’re not going unnoticed!
I’ll never take my “internet freedom” for granted again.