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Jon Gaede photos from the London 2012 Summer Olympics

  • Revamped Barber Shop: 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon Coming to Brea

    5 years ago by

      While thinking of the perfect holiday gift for the man in your life, you may want to save the best gift for last – after the holiday’s that is! Opening in January 2015 is 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon - locating in the store that One World Photo occupied at 207 W Imperial Hwy, Ste. A, in Brea Gateway Center.

        New 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon franchise owners Gary and Sandra Parsons have been residing in Brea since 1989, making the family move over 25 years ago from Fullerton to Brea primarily for the top-notch public schools. Now that their children are grown, it was the perfect time to start a second career. And Fine Men’s Salon caught their interest, as it's a uniquely tailored (reasonably priced) high-end salon catering to men. A classic cut will start at $39 and includes a massage.

          It’s not your cookie cutter type of salon, possessing its own individual style and personality, said Sandra. With an array of services (provided in semi-private stations) from haircuts and styling, shave, waxing, color, to MANicures, facial and scalp treatments, plus, complimentary beer on tap, men will find this a welcoming experience in a most comfortable setting created to feel good about themselves.

            Join Gary, Sandra and their daughter, who is helping them run the business, on Facebook at Fine Men's Salons - Brea Gateway Center.

  • Olympian Gabby Douglas Launches Kellogg’s Tour at Citizens Bank Arena

    7 years ago by

    By  Jon  Gaede
    Can’t get enough Gabby Douglas? You can still see her perform with her ‘gold medal’ teammates on the 40 city Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastic Champions.

    Olympian Gabby Douglas (photo courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    Kellogg’s has surrounded Gabby Douglas and the ‘Fierce Five’ in a two-hour show that showcases the artistic beauty of gymnastics. The cast includes 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, also past and current Olympians from both the men and women’s national teams.
    Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, less than a month ago, on the world’s stage in London, became the first athlete of color to win gymnastics gold in two events. She took gold in the team event and the sports premier glamour event, the individual artistic all-around.
    Douglas, the sixteen year old from Virginia Beach has become the new ‘golden girl’ of gymnastics. Featured on magazine covers from Sports Illustrated to JET, she has imbedded herself into the conscience of a nation and the hearts of little girls everywhere.
    The media has seized the moment as Gabby has recently appeared on Oprah, Stephen Colbert, the MTV Music Awards with Alicia Keys and the Ellen Degeneres reunion show on Monday. Just for good measure, CNN spotted her at the Democratic National Convention in South Carolina.
    Historically, Douglas joins one of her heroes, Dominique Dawes, as the only other African American to earn a gold medal in the Olympic games. If you recall, Dawes was part the ‘Magnificent Seven’ at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. Dawes and Douglas have developed a special nurturing relationship prior to the London games.

    Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastic Olympians ( photo courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    Douglas has shown unusual maturity beyond her years. When asked about her mistakes on various rotations in London, she said, “Well, we do get tired and lose a little concentration, but we are all champions here, performing at the highest level. We make a few mistakes, but we are still winners!”
    Currently featured on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box, Gabby Douglas is definitely a centerpiece for the Kellogg’s Tour of Champions. The tour is comprised of current and past Olympic athletes to include rhythmic and acrobatic gymnasts, trampoline and tumbling. Additionally, local club gymnasts will also join the production.
    Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion is a major feature of the show. Born in Moscow, her story is quite compelling. She trained in the U.S. and competed and won Olympic gold as an American. Although she missed making the London team, she shines on the Kellogg’s Tour. Her routines include performing high above the show floor, wrapped in netting. Nastia is a very entertaining crowd favorite.
    The Olympians, both men and women, bring explosive, high energy to the show. Patrons will enjoy the athletes on their respective apparatus, in rapid succession. The men, featuring John Orozco were particularly entertaining on the rings and high bar.

    Olympian Gabby Douglas (photo courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    The women performed simultaneous routines on floor, uneven bars and the beam. Douglas performed mostly on the uneven bar. The crowd was definitely geared up for Gabby and was left asking for more. As the show travels, it would be nice to see Gabby featured on the center stage in a floor routine with members of the ‘fierce five.’ The crowd would certainly expect it.
    Kellogg’s and Gabrielle Douglas will both be around for a while. To catch the Southern California swing, go The event will continue in San Diego - September 13th, Los Angeles Staples Center –September 15th and the Anaheim Honda Center on September 16th.
    After winning gold in London on August 2nd, Gabrielle Douglas tweeted: “Let all that I am praise the Lord, may I never forget the good things he does for me.”

  • London images: Action & Culture by Jon Gaede

    7 years ago by

    Jon D. Gaede, BOHS grad and photojournalist, has sent an additional forty-eight photos of London 2012 Summer Olympics. These particular photos combine spectacular action shots with London’s dynamic and culturally influential city.

    We thank Jon for teaming up with BBON in sending a collection of his amazing photos of the London Olympics.

    Buckingham Palace - Guard

    Marble Arch - near Hyde Park

    London Bridge- Olympic rings at night

    Chard on the Themes at night

    Arcelor - Olympic Park

    London Eye

    Train Station with rings

    Queen Voctoria's Memorial (on marathon route near Buckingham Palace)

    Near Piccadilly Square/night

    St. Pancras Station - Javelin train

    Iconic red phone booths/night

    St Pancras - day

    UK fan fanatic at Olympic Stadium

    Olympic Stadium and Park at night

    U.S. Women Water Polo/Gold

    U.S. Women Water Polo/Gold

    U.S. Women Water Polo/Gold

    St. Pancras

    London Financial District - Canary Wharf

    USA Mens Water Polo Team

    Water Polo - U.S. Men

    Tube station British flags

    Water Polo - U.S. v Croatia

    Beach Volleyball - Horse Guard Gate

    Beach Volleyball - Horse Guard Gate 2 venue/night

    Beach Volleyball - Horse Guard Gate (Walsh/May-Trainor/women)

    Beach Volleyball - Hors Guard Gate (Rosenthal/men)

    Cycling - USA women win a silver in team. Sign at USA House

    Cycling - UK Men, Wiggins "Wiggo" wins time trial. Won Tour De France this year too

    Cycling - UK Men, Wiggins "Wiggo"

    Jessica Ennis - UK wins Pentathalon and appears on billboards all over Britain.

    Weymouth - venue for sailing competitions

    USA v. Netherlands/women's 4's

    Spain v. Australia/women's 4's

    Great Britain/women's 4's

    Volleyball indoor venue

    VB Brazil Women (Gold Medal)

    VB Brazil Women

    VB Great Britain Women

    VB Tunesia Women

    Soccer Final Brazil v. Mexico (Wembley Stadium)







    Mexico wins gold/celebration


    Mexican Fans/Wembley Stadium


    Marathon - Women's Konstantine Kefala/Greece


    Triathalon - Men from Hyde Park

    Mexican fans at Wembley Stadium


  • Jon Gaede – London 2012 Opening Ceremony photo gallery of 30 amazing images

    7 years ago by

    Everybody was glued to the tube for 17 days watching the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Attracting 219.4m viewers, NBC declared that their coverage of the London Olympics was the most-watched television event in US History. It was exciting just watching it, not to mention what is was like for Photojournalist Jon Gaede, BOHS Class of 1977, to cover the event. Nothing ever goes as planned.  Fortunately, the problems he encountered were minor and did not interfere with capturing spectacular shots of the London Olympics. Below are additional amazing photos he took at the opening ceremony. Stay tuned…..more photos to come!

    Day 70 of the torch journey. 8,000 miles from Athens to the Thames. Last leg aboard the 'Galiana' a 16 oar vessel with members of London's 1948 team rowing. Just beyond the Galiana is the Tower of London across the river bank.

    Close up of UK's Amber Charles a junior basketball player who was the last to take the flame from the Gloriana.

    Wider shot of Amber Charles with torch flame from the Galiana.

    London Bridge with Galiana, Olympic flag and the flame culdron

    London Bridge (wide shot) horizontal

    Opening/sheep scene

    Young UK athletes passing torch flame to each other

    Young athletes taking flame from former olympians

    U.S. athletes in opening ceremony

    USA - parade of athletes. Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis (1# draft choice in NBA)

    Usain Bolt - flag bearer for Jamaica

    Angola - opening







    Olympic flame

    Rings in crowd

    Flame, rounded

    Olympic beam of light descends

    Opening/magenta lights

    Olympic rings drip with fire

    Nurses/hospital beds

    dance group/jet pack above

    performer of stilts

    athlete in transparent ball

    burst of fireworks over stadium

    UK parade of athletes

  • Jon Gaede captures charming images of London 2012 Olympic Sailing/Weymouth UK

    7 years ago by

    London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo courtesy Jon Gaede)

    Jon Gaede has been experiencing Wi-Fi outages that have last for days! Last night he sent several images from the Olympic women’s sailing in Weymouth, located in Dorset on the south coast of England.

    London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo courtesy Jon Gaede)


    London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo courtesy Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo courtesy Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo courtesy Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo courtesy Jon Gaede)

  • Jon Gaede captures spectacular images of London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

    7 years ago by

    London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (Images courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (Images courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (Images courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (Images courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (Images courtesy of Jon Gaede)


  • Through the Lens of Photojournalist Jon Gaede

    7 years ago by

    World gathers for Olympic Summer games in London

    By Jon D. Gaede

    London – The best athletes in the world have assembled in London to compete and bring out the very best in humanity.

    Most Southern Californians of a certain age, recall the 1984 games in Los Angeles. They may remember the Olympic torch that made it’s way down Brea Boulevard and westward toward La Habra toward the Los Angeles Coliseum.

    In our sports saturated world, the spirit of the Olympic games is certainly something different. No other sport carries the hopes and dreams of an Olympian, by lighting a torch in Greece and carrying it by foot to its host city.

    Wayne Gretsky carries torch at the opening ceremony of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    Athens, the historical origin of the modern games in 1896 is where the flame is carried. London has held the games in 1908 and 1948.

    As a photojournalist, 2012 will be my third Olympic games. I covered the games in Sydney 2000 and Vancouver 2010 as well.

    Opening Ceremony flag progression at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    My photography background can be traced back to the early 1980’s. I worked for the Brea Progress. I recall covering the Rams and the Raiders. On several occasions, both teams would play home games at the same time.  I accepted the challenge by driving to the Los Angeles Coliseum to shoot the first half of the Raider game. With 5 minutes on the clock, I would get back in my Volkswagen bug, drive to Anaheim and shoot the second half of the Ram game.

    My training for track & field is definitely Mt SAC. From Carl Lewis to Marion Jones, all the great ones come to Mt. SAC to compete. From pole vaulting to swimming, each sport has it’s own challenges. Nothing is action sports photography is exactly the same.

    The 2010 winter games in Vancouver forced us to adapt to places like Whistler Mountain and cold conditions. This year, we hear that London is getting more summer rain than the past 100 years. Protecting our equipment will be a battle.

    Lindsey Vonn wins gold and bronze medal at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. (Photo courtesy of Jon Gaede)

    NBC has scheduled more hours and more ways to view the games than ever before. The best seat at the Olympics may just be your own living room.