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Closing the Distance

Closing the Distance


Written by Jeff Bukantz, 2004 and 2008 Captain of the Olympic Fencing Team at the age of 15, he officially caught the fencing bug, and thus began his lifelong journey to become the next great fencing Bukantz. Never the natural fencer his father was, Bukantz was known more for his relentless determination, hard work, and defensive style of play. Coaches described him as a classic over-achiever. In the end, Jeff came to the realization that it was not the destination that was important,but the journey itself. His career included devastating failure, some great successes, and ultimately the realization that his father couldn’t be more proud no matter what his accomplishments. What people are saying about Closing the Distance: “Jeff’s candid portrayal of his against-all-odds journey is the ultimate inspiration for anyone who has dared to dream.” —Carl Borack, Olympian and four-time Olympic Fencing Captain “I think that this is a wonderfully written book about a boy’s love and admiration for his father. It has a wonderful flow; it captures your interest as soon as you pick up the book. I loved it.” —Peter Westbrook, six-time US Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medalist in Foil, author of Harnessing Anger