|15 Feb 2002: General Motors and film-maker Bud Greenspan (left) honored Eric Heiden (right), five time gold medalist in speed skating from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, at the Chevy Hot Zone in Park City, Utah. GM and Greenspan honored Heiden as one of the 10 best Winter Olympians during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. At at ceremony in Heiden's honor, Greenspan presented an 8-minute film of his achievements. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa /Getty Images|
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Olympic Filmmaker Bud Greenspan Dies
Sunday, December 26th, 2010
Award-winning filmmaker Bud Greenspan, who specialized in producing inspirational documentaries about Olympic athletes, has died at the age of 84.
His companion, Nancy Beffa, says Greenspan died Christmas Day at his home in New York City from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Greenspan was the official filmmaker of the Olympics seven times. He focused his lens on stories that appealed to both sports fans and casual viewers, concentrating on simply-told tales of courage and resilience. The filmmaker said he sought out the goodness in people and tried to “present them as people first and athletes second.”
His first documentary to attract widespread attention was his 1964 film, “Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin.”
The International Olympic Committee described Greenspan as “a true supporter of the Olympic Games and their values throughout his career.''
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