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Olympic Spirit bid drawing closer for photographer

Valley photographer Mariska Richters is looking forward to capturing the Olympic Spirit in Sochi, Russia if she can get enough last-minute backers. - courtesy Mariska Richters
Valley photographer Mariska Richters is looking forward to capturing the Olympic Spirit in Sochi, Russia if she can get enough last-minute backers.
— image credit: courtesy Mariska Richters

Mariska Richters is down to the wire to raise the necessary funds to travel to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics.

Valley photographer Richters, 36, said Monday she's getting close to the amount needed so she can make the trip and capture images of Canadian athletes in action and the fan experience through her lenses. The goal for the Olympic Spirit Project to cover costs is $7,000.

"I'm $1,490 off with four days to go — the last crunch,'' said Richters.

With the Kickstarter program she's utilizing being an all-or-nothing funding model, Richters explained she needs to raise the full amount in order to receive any funding.

The campaign ends on Saturday just after 8 a.m. and Richters would have to be ready to travel by next Monday if everything works out.

Richters was interviewed about the project and her vision on CBC television last week.

The intent of the project is to generate enthusiasm and excitement from a Canadian perspective following the great success of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Richters, like many others, doesn't see the same fanfare emanating from Sochi thus far because of security and other concerns.

She's certain the hype will be there once the Olympics get under way and she has plans to provide financial backers with different incentives and keepsakes from the games for their contributions.

For details of the campaign, go to http://bit.ly/spirit2014.

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