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Close-up look at the Olympics with Brookfield-native NBC photojournalist

Posted at 11:02 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 00:02:13-05

Photojournalist John Weinsheim grew up in Brookfield and he is a graduate of UWM, and he's currently overseas in PyeongChang covering the Winter Olympics for NBC Sports.

He made a career shooting TV shows and movies in LA.  As for his current gig, covering the Olympics, there is no comparison.

"It's unbelievable.  All these athletes, the human drama of the athletic competition bring a tear to your eye every time you see these people yah know this is their whole life," said Weinsheim.

This is Weinsheim's third Olympics. He won an Emmy for Rio coverage in 2016. This time he is running the handheld camera at the start line for all men and women's luge, skeleton and bobsled events.  

He sees what we can't on TV, the athletes' nerves as they put their sled on the track.

"The preparation, the mind and the visualization," said Weinsheim.

He said filming in the cold had been a challenge.  He was happy to take his gloves off today.

"Luckily today it's a nice day.  It's snowing here and you know with the snow it brings a little warmer weather," said Weinsheim.

His favorite moment so far was watching Chris Mazdzer win the silver for the luge.  It's a moment he will never forget.

"If you fall in love with a job or a career it's not even a job anymore it's like an adventure," said Weinsheim.

Weinsheim credits his success to his parents for instilling in him a good work ethic and teaching him to earn his keep at a young age.