Aug. 10, 2012
-- On May 25-26, 2012, Karen I. Hirsch photographed the women gymnasts who would later be selected for the U.S. Olympic team. The athletes were competing in Chicago at the Secret U.S. Classic Competition that was held at the U.I.C. Pavillion. Hirsch captured the “Fab Five” Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kayla Ross, and McKayla Maroney as well as the two team alternates, Anna Li and Elizabeth Price. Hirsch also photographed the 2008 all-round individual Olympic gold medal gymnast Nastia Liukin who was competing at this event.
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On July 12, 2012, Hirsch photographed the 2012 inductees of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The athletes who were inducted were: Gail Devers - track & field, Lisa Fernandez - softball, Gary Hall Jr. - swimming, Jean Driscoll - paralympic track & field , Kristine Lilly - soccer, Dan O’Brien - track & field/decathlon, Jenny Thompson - swimming, Ed Temple - track & field coach and the U.S. softball team of 2004. A posthumous award was made to Olympian James Connolly - track & field. Senator Ted Stevens was inducted as a special contributor. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast on NBC sometime after the London Olympic Games.
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Karen I. Hirsch is an award-winning photographer who “tells the story” with her photos. She is skillful at capturing “the decisive moment” in sports photography as well as expressive moments in every day life. Her artistry in imagery was recognized by grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council. In 2007, the government of China invited Hirsch along with nine other foreign photographers to document the city of Rizhao. Hirsch has photographed celebrities including Muhammed Ali, Julie Andrews,, Donald Trump, Bob Hope, Liza Minnelli, Magic Johnson, John McEnroe, Mike Ditka, Jay Leno, Rudy Giuliani and President Barack Obama.