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Interview: Bud Greenspan

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We are halfway into the Winter Olympic Games so we're going to start off with an Olympic story. Some 3,000 athletes have traveled to Salt Lake City from all over the world, each one with the hopes of summoning the best performance of their lives.

We're going to spend a few minutes with a man who is as respected in Olympic circles as the athletes themselves. Bud Greenspan has seen every Summer Games since 1948. He's earned a reputation as the premiere Olympic filmmaker of our time. And he's traveled the world many times over, chasing Olympic drama.

If you don't know Bud Greenspan, he has a signature look of black-rimmed glasses perched on his bald head -- and a gut instinct for digging up the least clichéd stories of sport. I've been to every Summer Games since Mexico City in 1968, along with three Winter Games. In many of those cities, I've met up with Bud for a meal and we always remark that each Olympics has a particular, definable spirit, by virtue of the host city's personality.

It's not only the athletes who perform in our living rooms every night during the Games. The host city is a star, too. Squaw Valley, for example, host of the '60 Winter Games, went from a sleepy town to an international ski resort overnight. That's where Bud Greenspan and I started our conversation: Which cities have benefited from hosting the Games?

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»For more information on any of Bud Greenspan's Olympic films, e-mail him at cappynews@hotmail.com
(films are available for purchase)

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