Jeff Bukantz returns to NBC Sports Group as a fencing analyst for the 2016 Rio Olympics, after making his debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Bukantz was the captain of the United States fencing team and a former Olympic fencer and referee. Like his legendary father, Danny Bukantz, who competed in four Olympic Games, Jeff Bukantz was an excellent fencer – generally ranking fifth or sixth in the country. In 1987, he competed at the Pan American Games, where he won a bronze medal for the U.S. Team.
Bukantz published a memoir in 2006 entitled Closing the Distance: Chasing a Father’s Olympic Fencing Legacy. The book reveals the trials and tribulations he encountered while following in his father’s legendary footsteps. 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.