After watching far too many hours of Olympic coverage this past two weeks, I was reminded of how at one point in my career I wanted to be a historian of American sports. (See my attempt at a entries on tennis player Jimmy Connors and the American Basketball Association (ABA) in the Encyclopedia of Sport in American Culture).
About fifteen years ago I was contracted by Greenwood Press to write articles on the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid for The Historic Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement. Through the miracle of Google Books, you can actually read parts of my Lake Placid-1932 essay here. (The 1980 article appeared in the first edition of the dictionary, but it was replaced in the second edition).
I have also reached the pinnacle of scholarly expertise on the 1932 games–I am cited in the Wikipedia article on the topic!