Recent Graduate to Shoot Photos at Olympics

Grace Hollars with cameras

By Stashia Brannon

Eagle’s Eye Online

Grace Hollars, a 2015 Delta graduate and a current junior at Ball State University, will be leaving Feb. 8 for South Korea where she will shoot photographs at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Hollars is majoring in photojournalism and minoring in women's and gender studies.

This will be her second Olympic Games.  She went with other Ball State journalists to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016 for the Summer Olympics.

Hollars found out a few weeks ago that she would return to the Olympics a second time.

“Wanna go to the Olympics?” her professor asked. ¨I immediately started crying because I was so flattered,¨ Hollars said.

In Brazil, Hollars and her teammates were limited to covering the games from outside the sports venues. However, in South Korea she will have floor access to the snowboarding, skiing and figure skating events. They will be on live television.

Ryan Sparrow, Ball State journalism professor and founder of the BSU at the Games program, asked the department's photojournalism professors who they thought would be the best photographer to take to the Olympics. “All of my professors said me without hesitation,” Grace said.

Hollars will be going with Sparrow and four other students who are videographers, broadcasters and writers. Hollars is the only photographer other than her professor.

Hollars has worked hard to get to where she is.  At Delta, she worked on the Eagle’s Eye magazine, the Deltonian yearbook, and the Eagle Zone News broadcast. She also served an internship at The (Muncie) Star Press and worked in public relations at Hoosier Park harness racing.

“I became obsessed with becoming better,” Hollars said. “I hung my failures on the wall to teach myself what I did wrong.”

Hollars will have five cameras with 12 different lenses on her at all times and will have access to ¨some of the best Canon equipment in the world.” She wants to take risks when shooting sports to get something different from everyone else's sports photos.

¨When I leave the Olympics, I will cry a little because this is a life-changing experience," Hollars said. ¨Going to the Olympics to work isn't a vacation - it's a challenge.”