As we prepare to announce the Sports EMMY Pre-nominations list on Wednesday, March 26th, it seems appropriate to dedicate a blog to America’s love of sports and one of its greatest champions, Mr. Bud Greenspan.
In 2006, NATAS and the annual Sports EMMY Awards presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to a man who supplied daytime TV with one of its strongest voices and would define the spirit of the games with his remarkably real and heart stopping stories. During his career, Greenspan earned eight Emmy Awards, a Peabody and generally high praise for his Cappy Productions films, most of which were Olympic documentaries. He was the recipient of an Olympic Order, the International Olympic Committee’s highest award, and in 2004 was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame as a special contributor. Although we lost the great filmmaker, writer, producer, director and, arguably, the world’s No. 1 fan of the Olympics, on Christmas day in 2010, his legacy lives on to encourage future generations of both athletes and filmmakers. The stellar list of men and women with whom he worked and speak glowingly of his life and career has included Pat McCormick, Mark Spitz, Mary Lou Retton, Bruce Jenner, Sonja Henie, Sammy Lee, Nadia Comaneci and Muhamad Ali.
“When it comes to capturing the true heart of the Olympics, there’s no one better. Bud Greenspan scores a perfect 10 every time” – Mary Lou Retton, 1984 Olympic Gymnastics Champion
“His meticulous work has been heralded throughout the world. The ability to portray the essence of sport in its most vivid and splendid way is characteristic of Bud Greenspan’s truly incredible work.” – Mark Spitz, 1972 Olympic Swimming Champion