- Taschenbuch: 246 Seiten
- Verlag: Acanthus Pub (1. Juni 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1933631309
- ISBN-13: 978-1933631301
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,9 x 21 cm
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Closing the Distance: Chasing a Father's Olympic Fencing Legacy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 2006
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*The author provides commentary about the Olympics and other athletic events in his regular column, newsletter, and speaking appearances; his motivational presentations are sought after by businesses, groups, and teams around the world *The author has been on numerous radio shows across the country: -SportsDrive, KNFT 950 AM, Silver City, New Mexico, August 25, 2005 -The Morning Zone, KGAB, Clear Channel Radio, Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 19, 2005 -Morning News, 1190 AM, Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 28, 2005 -Midday News at Noon, KOMY 1340 AM, Santa Cruz, California, July 1, 2005 -Focus, KOTA 1380 AM, Rapid City, South Dakota, July 4, 2005 -The Greaseman Show, WGOP, 700AM -The Pete Braley Show, WBSM 1420AM -The Bakersfield Morning News, KGET 970AM -Front Page on the Air, WRUF 850AM -The Blute & Scotto Show, WRKO 680AM -Come Heller High Water, WFNT 1470AM -Talk to America on Voice of America Radio Network -Albrecht in the AM, WOC 1420AM -Financially Speaking, WBNW 1120AM Print media appearances include: -Newsday, June 6, 2005 "It's how you win or lose" -The Boston Globe, August 18, 2004 "Striking Gold- Historic Fencing Win for Zagumis; Bronze to Jacobson" -The New York Times, August 18, 2004 "Who's Behind the Gold Medalist's Mask? Gosh, An American!" -Men's Edge Magazine, September, 2004 "Shut Up and Listen! It May Be Your Ticket Up the Ladder" -MetroWest Jewish News, August 5, 2004 "Fencer, Sports Scribe to Enter Hall of Fame" -The Star Ledger Newark, August 5, 2004 "Freshman Class in a New Hall of Fame" -The Oregonian, April 19, 2004 "Portland Fencers Point To Athens" -New Jersey Jewish News, February 12, 2004 "In Father's Footsteps, Livingston Man Named Captain of Olympic Fencing Team"- SportsIllustrated.com, August 3, 2003 "US Fencers Forced To Improvise, Sing Anthem Themselves"
This book is a memoir that reveals the trials and tribulations Jeff Bukantz encountered while following in his father's legendary footsteps. Throughout the book, the author provides insight about the highs and lows of competing in the Olympics, including inside stories about the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where he led the American Fencing Team to its first gold medal in 100 years. Besides the unique experiences of the author, the memoir takes a heart-warming look at the powerful force of family and the competitive human spirit.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Very well written. As a US foil fencer in the 80's and 90's, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it is written for non-fencers as well!
Jeff's descriptions of the Fencer's Club in the West 70s brought back many memories and I could see the old place in my mind clearly has he describes episodes in his book. It was also great that he remembers Csaba Eltes, one of the great sabre coaches in the history of American Fencing who was also a very good foil coach. All in all, Jeff's story was enlightening and has inspired me to get back into the sport. I highly recommend this book and hope people will be able to read it in the spirit it was written. I only regret I never got a chance to meet Danny Bukantz while I did get to meet Jeff in passing way back when.
Mr. Bukantz's book for me is approached from two levels. First, his personal relations with his famous father and his attempt to deal with that give great insight into human nature. It transcends the world of fencing and applies to any profession. I would rate that part of this book 5 stars.
The second level of the book deals with competitive fencing from the inside. This part is not very appealing and is worthy of only 1 star. My average rating therefore is 3.
It seems that Mr. Bukantz decided to use this book to justify his bad behavior on the strip by attacking his opponents and naming names. In one instance, he cites how it is un-sportsman like to hit an opponent after "halt" is called in fencing. In this book however, he did exactly that in at least 3 instances where he denigrates his opponents and colleagues in a forum where the other person does not have a voice to respond. (in effect, he has committed the sin of attacking someone "after the halt".)
I don't know Mr. Bukantz personally and I have not cross sword with him since I fenced epee and in an earlier time than his active fencing days. However, I do know some of the other people he writes about personally. I must cite at least in one instance that he attacked my friend and teammate of 30 years and it is without merit. I was a team member at CCNY Varsity fencing and I can attest to the fact that his innuendo regarding my friend is false. He owes my friend Arnold Messing a public apology and the others as well.
It is also interesting as a reader the information that the author chooses to include to the minute detail and other information that is left out completely. It seems to be a case of selective memory recall.
The most destructive part of this book is that he presents a negative portrayal of competitive fencing to the outsider. Fencing is an honorable sport. In all my years of competitive fencing, I found it to be very satisfying. Most competitors are respectful of their opponents and never carry their competitiveness off the strip. If anything, Mr. Bukantz's experience is the exception rather than the rule.
The title "Closing the Distance" is well chosen, but by what was written, he did not even come close to his father's sportsmanship.
as a member of the Portland, Oregon, club Salle Auriol, I viewed Jeff's club, the New York Fencers Club, the same way a Los Angeles Laker would view the Boston Celtics.
until one of my former teammates writes his memoirs, "Closing the Distance" will be the best description of what it was like for me as a competitive fencer in the 80s.
I'm back home in Hawaii now but in my heart I will always be a member of Salle Auriol (now the Northwest Fencing Center). because of this, Jeff and his New York Fencers Club will always be my natural enemies, but only in a sports/nostalgic way. not true enemies. and anyway, we're all retired now.
Jeff's book is required reading at my current club, Salle Honolulu, and whether you "hate" the New York Fencers Club or not, it should be required reading at every fencing club.
But, this book isn't just about fencing. It's about the relationships between fathers and sons. Anyone who is looking to find a good book that a dad can share with his son should look no further!