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Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Remember Bud Greenspan, Part 3

Bud Greenspan used to call the Olympics “two weeks of love.” This is the first Olympics in 60 years that he will miss. Greenspan, who died 19 months ago at 84, pretty much invented the Olympic film genre, Leni Riefenstahl (“Olympia,” 1938) notwithstanding. His body of film work, which included 10 “official” assignments as Olympic documentarian and countless unofficial, independent stints, stretch from the 1952 Summer Games to the 2010 Winter Games. His accomplishments are nothing short of, well, Olympian.… Read More »

Remembering Bud Greenspan, Part 2

Bud Greenspan used to call the Olympics “two weeks of love.” This is the first Olympics in 60 years that he will miss. Greenspan, who died 19 months ago at 84, pretty much invented the Olympic film genre, Leni Riefenstahl (“Olympia,” 1938) notwithstanding. His body of film work, which included 10 “official” assignments as Olympic documentarian and countless unofficial, independent stints, stretch from the 1952 Summer Games to the 2010 Winter Games. His accomplishments are nothing short of, well, Olympian.… Read More »

Remembering Bud Greenspan, Part 1

Bud Greenspan used to call the Olympics “two weeks of love.” This is the first Olympics in 60 years that he will miss. Greenspan, who died 19 months ago at 84, pretty much invented the Olympic film genre, Leni Riefenstahl (“Olympia,” 1938) notwithstanding. His body of film work, which included 10 “official” assignments as Olympic documentarian and countless unofficial, independent stints, stretch from the 1952 Summer Games to the 2010 Winter Games. His accomplishments are nothing short of, well, Olympian.… Read More »

Winter Olympics go to the movies

Watching these Winter Olympics brought to mind two films, both good, very different from each other. Anyone remember “Downhill Racer,” the 1969 film starring Robert Redford as an American skier who wins a gold medal (a far-fetched idea at the time)? Good film, not a great film. Might seem dated today but still interesting, especially if you’re a sports film aficionado. More recently there was “Miracle” from 2004, starring Kurt Russell as U.S. coach Herb Brooks, who led the team… Read More »