Earle Murphy's Winter Olympics

1980, 29:20 min, color, sound

As an artist-in-residence for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, Blumberg offered an alternative to ABC's broadcast coverage, documenting the events from the amiable perspective of Earle Murphy, the game's chief meteorologist and Olympic "super fan." An experienced ski jumper himself, the fifty-three-year-old Murphy looks on from the edge of the event, offering personal commentary and occasional weather reports. Blumberg looks beyond the spectacle and competition of the main event, foregrounding Murphy's personal accomplishment of ski jumping the Olympic course alone, after the crowds have gone. By witnessing the athletic prowess and purpose of Murphy's single, soaring run, Blumberg celebrates the non-commercial spirit of the games.

Production Manager/Coproducer: Leanne Mella. Production: Jane Aaron, Dean Adrian, Skip Blumberg, Jan Kroeze, Bill Marpet, Esti Galili Marpet, Leanne Mella, Richard Young.