He seemingly has been around the Olympics since the days of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, but this year is only Bud Greenspan's 50th as a Games documentarian. His upcoming movie on the Salt Lake City Olympics will mark the seventh in a series of official Games films the 75-year-old has produced and directed.
SI: Which title do you prefer: Dean of Sports Documentarians, Poet Laureate of the Olympics or Bud the Olympic Stud?
Greenspan: Do you know how to spell G-E-N-l-U-S?
SI: You directed Denzel Washington in his first TV movie, the Wilma Rudolph story. Are you responsible for his success?
Greenspan: He never calls me anymore.
SI: You recently located footage of Sonja Henie at the 1924 Olympics. Has anyone suggested that you shot the film?
Greenspan: People have suggested that I've been at every Games since 1896.
SI: Your 2002 film about the Games will debut about the same time as the new Star Wars film. Are you concerned?
Greenspan. Not the least bit. We'll kill them.
SI: We want to suggest a title for that film: Since you did one called 16 Days of Glory, how about 17 Days of Mormons?